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The Fitzwilliam Museum is delighted to display the spot painting prepared for the Beagle 2 space mission by artist Damien Hirst. This painting is the flight spare that was designed to be the earth partner to the instrument calibration target on-board the Mars spacecraft. Beagle 2 was originally thought to have been lost in 2003, but recent images from NASA reveal that it landed safely on Mars making Hirst’s spot painting the first work of art from Earth to land on another planet.
 
The display complements the exhibition COLOUR: The Art and Science of illuminated manuscripts. It will also be one of several activities marking the 40th anniversary of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, the Museum's Department of paintings conservation, whose conservators sourced some of the pigments used by Professor Colin Pillinger, leader of Beagle 2, and Hirst in the spot painting.

For this project we gratefully acknowledge the funding support of the UK's Science and Technologies Facilities Council

Image: All Rights Reserved Beagle 2
 

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