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Friday, December 26, 2003



Beagle Silent but Orbiter Successful

As you probably have heard, the Beagle 2 may or may not have survived its landing on the surface of Mars early Christmas morning. The window of opportunity for radio confirmation has come and passed several times since its assumed landing, leaving many scientists feeling the lander is lost. The orbiter, however, successfully entered Mars' orbit and will begin beaming back data on January 3rd. The spacecraft orbiting Mars was the European Space Agency's primary objective for Mars Express. It will study the surface of the planet and its geology, weather, atmosphere, and gravity.

While this news is unfortunate, we can continue to hope that contact will be made with the lander. In the mean time, two rovers are hurtling their way through space, increasing the odds that a landing will be successful in early 2004.


- posted by Alex @ 11:38 EST