On the 8th May last year I had the sad post regarding Professor Pillinger passing away, at the time we could only say his enthusiasm was a shining star and it got Beagle 2 to Mars.
Very happily, but tinged with a little sadness, we've heard that not only did the Professor get the probe to Mars, but it landed intact...
It does appear the petals didn't open, quite why we don't know as yet, however, it got there.
Lets hope if Professor Pillinger did go anywhere when he departed this mortal coil, he took a jolly up there and took a look for himself, I'm sure he spotted whatever went wrong.
Full Article - From BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30784886