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Weather Blamed for Loss of Mars Probe

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Weather Blamed for Loss of Mars Probe

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Weather Blamed for Loss of Mars Probe

Weather Blamed for Loss of Mars Probe

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One of the last views of Beagle 2, as it drifted away from its mother spacecraft and headed for a landing on Mars. All Rights Reserved Beagle 2 hide caption

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An investigation into the loss of Britain's Beagle 2 spacecraft last December suggests the cause may have been unusual Martian weather. Surprisingly thin air above the landing site may have caused the craft's parachute to deploy too late. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.