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Beagle2 About To Land On The Mars  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2087 times:

The Beagle2 and the Mars Express will hopefully reach the Mars in a few hours.

You can follow the events live at:

http://esa.capcave.com/esa/marsexpress/

Could be interesting for the people in North/South America to watch it, for me it's too late :/. The broadcasts will start at 2:25 CET.

By the way, Merry Christmas everybody and don't eat too much!  Smile

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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2059 times:

Thanks for the link, it is interesting.

Merry Christmas too  Smile



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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Let's hope all goes well. Godspeed Mars Express and Beagle2. Good luck, ESA!

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
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Don't expect them to find Aliens 3/Predator-style creatures roaming around, most likely if they find anything, it will be either living bacteria or microbes. Sounds quite un-exciting but would still be a major discovery, we might have to travel billions or trillions of miles further into other galaxies and dimensions to find intelligent beings.



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

billions or trillions of miles further into other galaxies

The nearest known star is 25 billion miles away, so you'd have to travel a bit further than a few trillion miles to get to another galaxy  Smile

Edit:

Don't expect them to find Aliens 3/Predator-style creatures roaming around,

Speak for yourself.

[Edited 2003-12-25 02:49:22]

User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

IF all went well, Beagle 2 is now on the Martian surface and Mars Express is about half-way through its orbit insertion burn. But, AS EXPECTED, there is no contact with either spacecraft at the moment. Should know more in a couple of hours.


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User currently offlineTeahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5287 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

No news from Beagle 2. Next chance for contact is today 22:00 cet.

Dissapointing but fingers Xed.

Jeremiah



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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Still no contact at this point  Sad

User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

There will be NO contact anyway until 22pm UTC since Beagle's antennas are pointing into open space until that time. I'll sure be watching when a signal is supposed to be picked up ... 5 hrs 52 mins to go


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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

No contact with Odyssey as seen by the data stream with Jodrel Bank tonight. Hmmm. Not looking good.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7929 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

However, given the way that Beagle 2 landed, I wouldn't give up on it until NASA has a go at trying to contact it using the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey 2001 orbiters over the next few weeks.

I think NASA will have better luck with their new landers in 2004 since they are designed with better landing systems and are designed to have better contact with the NASA orbiters now orbiting Mars.

It should be noted that Beagle 2's lander technology isn't much improved over the Mars M-71 landers the Soviets tried to use in the early 1970's. It was designed extremely cheaply, and if it actually starts to work it'll be a miracle of sorts. Besides, the primary mission of Mars Express--namely orbiting the planet with advanced sensing systems to look at geological features of the planet and to carefully look for water underneath the surface--has been achieved with the orbiter now in Mars orbit, which will be adjusted to a near-polar orbit over the next few months.


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

LOST.

Sorry, ESA.



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

the way it was originally planned was that mars express does start looking for beagle signals around jan4-5th when it has established its own final orbit.
this was the only thing really tested on earth, the odyssey and telescope ways were just things that esa guessed that could work, but never part of the original plan to set up contact with it, nor have those means of communication been tested before.
considering that the whole thing looks totally different, however i have to admit that esa was a bit premature at officially shooting for dates before jan. 4th. they should have put that out for official contact date and taken any earlier contact as icing on the cake.



10=2
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Fingers crossed MER 1 and 2 have successful landings early next month  Smile

User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1790 times:

Here's an Aviation Week update on the search for Beagle2.

http://www.aviationnow.com/avnow/news/channel_awst_story.jsp?id=news/bgl01054.xml

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for it.


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