Artist's impression of Mars
January 18, 2005
Beagle 2 will descend to the surface, entering the atmosphere at more than 20 000 km/h. A heat-resistant front shield will protect it as friction with the upper atmosphere slows it down. When its speed has fallen to about 1600 km/h, parachutes will deploy to slow it further.
Topics: Environment, Space, Astronomy, Space exploration, artist, Parachute, Beagle 2, Planetary atmospheres, Atmosphere, Terrestrial planets, Mars, European Space Agency, Spaceflight, Planetary science