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SCI/TECH: Attempts to contact Beagle 2 Mars probe fail

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posted on Jan, 11 2004 @ 06:23 PM
The latest attempt to contact the Beagle 2 probe yesterday has yielded no response from the craft, which was feared to have crashed on Christmas day. No signal was deteced when the Mars express passed over the presumed landing site of the craft.

Another attempt will be made tommorow, which may renew hopes for the scientists, as communication may be better because of the Mars Express' position. A final attempt will be made again on the 14th before it is concluded that the probe is lost. Scientists will also use the mars Global Surveyor and mars Express to photograph the landing/crash site of the Beagle to see what really happened.

There are numerous reasons why the Beagle may have crashed. Some say it is due to time and budget constraints. It is generally accepted that the problem occured during landing, the most critical stage of the mission.

[Edited on 11-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]

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