No Sign of Beagle
31 Dec 2003
(Source: Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council)
Update from this morning's attempt by Odyssey to detect Beagle 2 31-Dec-03 16:05 GMT
The latest attempt to communicate with Beagle 2 by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter was unsuccessful.
A window of opportunity for contacting Beagle 2 was open this morning and whilst Odyssey was trying to establish contact with the lander, the Deep Space Network of telescopes back on Earth were busy involved in communication links for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover and Stardust projects, hence the delay in receiving any information back about today's attempt to contact Beagle 2.
Scientists took the opportunity this morning to upload another command to Beagle 2 to try to reset its internal clock. This time however the instructions were embedded in the "hail" command. This is designed to initiate the contact sequence with Beagle 2 and doesn't require a response from the lander to confirm the data have been received. No initial result was achieved during this pass of Odyssey but it is hoped that the command may bring success in a future communication slot.
The next opportunity for retrieval of a signal from Beagle 2 will be with Mars Express in the New Year, the date and time of which are to be confirmed.
The next Beagle 2 press briefing is scheduled to take place at the Media Centre in Camden on Sunday 4th January. Details will be confirmed on the websites at a later date.