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Thursday, January 8, 2004|
|Mars Express Fails to Find Beagle|
The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has failed in its attempt to find the presumed-crashed Beagle 2 lander. As the Mars Express was the only system actually tested in conjunction with the Beagle 2, and because of its close orbit and powerful receivers, the spacecraft was said to have the greatest chance of contacting the lander.
It is now fairly safe to assume that the Beagle 2 is lost. The lander was to search for signs of life on the surface of Mars, and was designed primarily by British scientists. Hopefully, it will not be the last time the ESA tries to land on Mars.
(More info: CNN.com)
- posted by Brian @ 20:36 EST