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The team of scientists behind the Beagle 2 mission to Mars has received an international award for their successful mission.The team received 2015 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Industry/Project team at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool.
The UK Space Agency announces seven months earlier that that the spacecraft had landed successfully. The probe disappeared while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the planet in 2003. The team was received on behalf of the whole Beagle 2 team by Professor Mark Sims, who worked as Beagle 2 Mission Manager, from the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy and Dr Jim Clemmet, who worked as Beagle 2 Chief Engineer, of Airbus Space and Defence.
Professor Mark Sims said, “It was a great pleasure to accept the award with Jim Clemmet on behalf of the whole Beagle 2 team.It is a great pity that Colin Pillinger who lead the Beagle 2 project, George Fraser and Dave Barnes who all sadly passed last year are not here to see the award which recognises the extraordinary efforts made by the whole team, industry and academia to design, build, test and deliver Beagle 2 to the surface of Mars.”
The award is usually given to teams for significant or outstanding achievements in space related activities. It includes projects by commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space related industries.