The European Space Agency has officially announced the Beagle 2 Mars probe as lost, and have launched an inquiry as to the reasons why.

Professor Colin Pillinger, the lead British scientist on the Beagle team said: "Whilst orbiting spacecraft continue to listen out for Beagle 2, the project has now officially moved on to assessing the possible reasons for the lack of communication."

The British government and the European Space Agency will conduct the inquiry together. "The inquiry could be greatly aided in its search for evidence if some Beagle 2 artifact, such as the parachute, can be identified by cameras.." said Pillinger.

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