Here's a bit of info you may find helpful. When it came time to put Mars Express into orbit, the ESA found that it wasn't exactly where they
thought it was. Of course, they were able to correct the condition, but think of the implications for the loss of the Beagle 2. If the Express
wasn't where they thought it was...then it wasn't where they thought it was when they cut the Beagle loose...and therefore the Beagle's planned
trajectory would be inaccurate as well. The end result would have been either:
A: Beagle enters Martian atmosphere and fries to a crisp
B: Beagle survives descent, but smashes into itty bitty bits due to preprogrammed descent inconsistencies (parachute timing, etc.)
C: Beagle misses Mars completely and blows right on by, becoming a very expensive small asteroid
D: Beagle does none of the above, going into an unplanned orbit, becoming a very expensive piece of Martian space junk.
were the ESA, and realized what had happened, would you
tell everyone that you totally scrooged this high-profile mission due to
a ghastly navigational error?
I think it's a real shame, I was hoping the little guy would make it. I was up Christmas morning checking for news from the Beagle. I always gotta
root for the underdog...
I do wish they could find some sign of the little guy, though. A picture of the wreckage, or something. Note that several different satellites have
taken pictures of the target area and found absolutely no trace of anything. Yet another nail in the coffin for my theory on this. This would be
As for the picture...I'd downloaded this picture from the ESA shortly after it's initial release, and it does seem to be the same. There are
several other 'dots' to the right of the Beagle, which would appear to be nothing more than stars, or perhaps debris from separation as Nada
suggested. I don't see a UFO conspiracy here, but a good possibility of an ESA coverup.