In addition to horizontal movement (pictured), the same process hammers the mole into the ground or under boulders a millimetre per strike. The Mars Express spacecraft was launched on 2 June 2003 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on a Soyuz / … Beagle 2 lander. The UK-led Beagle 2 — which was named after HMS Beagle, ... its robotic arm would spring into action and Beagle 2 would get to work on the Martian surface. The Beagle 2 lander has a robotic arm for manipulating scientific instruments and the mole (also called Pluto – planetary undersurface tool) for collecting samples. Beagle 2’s robotic arm was originally devised as a means to remove specific scientific instruments and tools from the lander and deploy them in positions where they can study or obtain samples of the rocks and soil. After taking some shots, the cameras would take close up images of nearby soil and rocks as potential candidates for further analysis. :: robotic arm. The robotic arm would have stretched and rotated to give the two stereo cameras a good panoramic view of the landing site. The robotic arm aids the sample delivery from the mouth of the mole into the opening to the laboratory inside the lander. The device has a total weight of 950g and power consumption only a couple of watts.