Hirst Art Lands on Mars

Isidis Planitia, Mars -- A spot painting created by 'Young British Artist' Damien Hirst, launched into space in 2003, has been confirmed by a NASA space camera to be comfortably resting on the Martian surface.

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Hirst's painting is a color calibration chart which was a commissioned design, and placed aboard the first British Mars lander, the Beagle 2. It is the first artwork ever to touch down upon another celestial body.

The piece originally made art history as the first contemporary art to go into outer space.

However, it was thought to have failed to reach its destination of Mars, when all contact was lost with the British probe, which was set to land on Christmas day, 2003.

Now it seems that Damien Hirst's spot painting has indeed landed in its final gallery after all, which in this case will be windy, freezing, and lit by two moons.

Of Professor Colin Pillinger's original request for Hirst to create the work to travel to Mars, at the time, the artist stated: "He said a spot painting would work really well for this thing we need. He only wanted a dot painting so I didn't really have a lot of leeway. I had to make a decision whether to let him have one or not." Professor Pillinger added that cows were too heavy.

This week, the UK Space Agency received telescopic confirmation from NASA's High Rise space camera that the British Beagle 2 spacecraft landed successfully on Mars' surface.

These images show the British Beagle 2 space resting comfortably intactbon the planet surface, as originally intended.

David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University, said the images prove that the spacecraft's lander successfully touched down on the red planet in 2003, but that a malfunction prevented it from beaming information back to Earth.

Artist Damien Hirst has shared his delight at hearing that Beagle 2 has been found, and tweeted that he "can't believe" that the painting he had on board the missing spacecraft is now residing on Mars. A fact that surely must go down in art history as the first art on another planet.

The work by Hirst has made significant history, both culturally and scientifically.

It shares a parallel with the American Pioneer plaques which are a pair of gold-anodized aluminum plaques placed on board the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft.

The plaques feature a pictorial message, in case either Pioneer 10 or 11 is ever intercepted by extraterrestrial life while traveling through space.

That there now exists on another world, a piece of art that shares a richness of cultural history that ties it so indelibly to the Earth, and the Earth to Mars.

It was always thought important for astronauts to be present in space to convey its majesty to the people of Earth. We now have more than science on another world, but a small part of our cultural history. Our art has made it to another planet before we even set foot on it. A fact that should inspire the imagination of not only artists and astronauts alike, but the entire world.

Today's homepage Featured Art Video verifies the discovery of the Beagle 2, and its artistic contents, on the Martian surface. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQGo00rgfaM&sns=em