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No Sign of Beagle
No Sign of Beagle
9 Jan 2004
(Source: Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council)

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Swindon, U.K.

Gill Ormrod,, 01793 442012

9 January 2004

Latest Contact Attempt Unsuccessful

Yesterday's pass over the Beagle 2 landing site by ESA's Mars Express orbiter which occurred at about 12:50 GMT (8th January) was unsuccessful in achieving a result.

The next opportunities for Mars Express to detect a signal from Beagle 2 are as follows:
9 January, around 13:27 GMT
10 January, around 14:04 GMT
12 January, around 02:02 GMT

The results of future communication opportunities will be posted on the Beagle 2 and PPARC Web sites.

Beagle 2 Team

09-Jan-04 13:34 GMT

No signal from the latest Mars Express attempt

Yesterday's pass of Mars Express over the Beagle 2 landing site failed to retrieve a signal from the lander despite Mars Express searching in a 'super-sensitive' mode.

Results have just been made available by ESA, after extensive processing of the large amounts of data received from the orbiter's canister mode search.

There are still opportunities to make contact with Beagle in the days to come. The most favourable opportunity will be on 12th January, the last Mars Express overpass that was pre-programmed into the lander before its separation from the orbiter on 19th December. However, this window will only be available if nothing has happened to reset or alter the lander's timeline.

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