SETI bioastro: Beagle 2 remains silent

From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Sun Dec 28 2003 - 07:18:46 PST

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    Beagle 2 remains silent
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    Posted: Sat, Dec 27 11:05 AM ET (1605 GMT)

    Latest efforts by spacecraft and ground-based telescopes
    have failed to detect any signals from the British-built
    Beagle 2 lander, and project officials now believe that the
    best chance to contact the spacecraft may have to wait until
    early January. Attempts on Friday by NASA's Mars Odyssey
    spacecraft, as well as the 76-meter Lovell radio telescope
    at Jodrell Bank in the UK, failed to detect any signals from
    Beagle 2, which landed on the Martian surface in the early
    morning hours Thursday. Beagle 2 lead scientist Colin
    Pillinger said Saturday that the best chance to contact the
    lander may have to wait until January 4, when the spacecraft
    exhausts its pre-programmed communications sessions and
    switches to an automatic transmission mode, broadcasting a
    signal throughout the Martian day. By that time ESA’s Mars
    Express spacecraft, which entered orbit at the same time
    Beagle 2 landed, will be available to communicate with the
    lander; the orbiter carries communications equipment
    specifically designed for Beagle 2. Pillinger said he was
    "frustrated rather than concerned" about the lack of contact
    with the spacecraft.

    Related Links:
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    Ananova article:
    http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_850409.html
    BBC article:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3351023.stm
    Washington Post article:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33039-2003Dec26.html
    Los Angeles Times article:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-fg-beagle27dec27,0,6933007.story?coll=la-news-science
    PPARC press release:
    http://www.pparc.ac.uk/mars/news/nw_27122003_1.asp

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