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Beagle 2 found by MRO/HIRISE.
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post Jan 12 2015, 10:30 PM
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Friday 16th January

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/ja...MP=share_btn_tw

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A British Mars lander that was lost on its way to the red planet more than a decade ago may have been spotted by an orbiting spacecraft.

The Beagle 2 lander was supposed to touch down on Christmas day in 2003, but after it was released from its mothership, Mars Express, the dustbin-lid-sized craft was never heard from again.

But Beagle 2’s final resting place may finally have been discovered. Scientists operating the HiRise camera on Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will take part in a press conference this Friday to announce “an update” on the ill-fated mission.
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post Jan 12 2015, 11:34 PM
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Well spotted xflare. How did the Guardian find that? (I suspect an inside job.) It's always nice when the media are well connected science wise.
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post Jan 13 2015, 02:53 AM
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I am feeling extremely grouchy about the fact that the Guardian seems to have received a press release that I haven't. Either that, or they got something under embargo and broke the embargo. (I don't get embargoed press releases.) Has anybody seen the original press release online?


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post Jan 13 2015, 04:15 AM
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A tad more info from a Leicester article:

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Beagle-2...tail/story.html

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However, the subject of the briefing, being held at Royal Society’s Kohn Centre, in London, on Friday, has not been revealed.


A tad... rolleyes.gif
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post Jan 13 2015, 08:01 AM
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Thanks so much Xflare and Explorer1 for those much interesting news ! smile.gif
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post Jan 13 2015, 08:20 AM
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A found Beagle 2 Lander on Mars would be a much-deserved tribute given post mortem to Dr Pillinger.

He fought all he could to raise finance, test equipments, be on schedule, etc... and was not helped much by ESA which had to cope on its side with its own strict budgetary and management rules : see the official report issued by the House of Commons on November 2004 (here below) and especially the statement on its page 25, item # 49 : "According to the Chief Engineer of Beagle 2, Dr Clemmet, “The technical assistance received from ESA was quite restricted”. The Astrium project manager for Beagle 2, Mr Kirk, said that whilst those at ESA with whom he dealt were helpful and enthusiastic, “senior managers with one exception were always reticent. Their life would have been much easier if Beagle 2 had disappeared from MEx [Mars Express] much earlier than it did”."

Attached File  Beagle2_Government_support_2005_711.pdf ( 840.75K ) Number of downloads: 263


Thanks so much Dr. Pillinger for your enthusiasm for space exploration. We miss you ! sad.gif
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post Jan 15 2015, 12:16 AM
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Yes, as exciting as this news may be, I still feel a tinge of sadness that Dr. Pillinger didn't live to set eyes on Beagle again (intact or otherwise)


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post Jan 15 2015, 02:38 AM
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I will be shocked if it looks fully deployed.
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post Jan 15 2015, 03:04 PM
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Let's see the evidence fist. I'll be sorely disappointed if this is just another
interesting collection of pixels like the previous "finds":

http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/...nd-on-mars.html

I would expect to see more than that to clinch the case.

Tolis.
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post Jan 15 2015, 03:31 PM
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The HiRISE people would not be involved if that's all it is.

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post Jan 15 2015, 11:31 PM
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Anyone have a link for the press conference?


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post Jan 16 2015, 09:15 AM
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QUOTE (Floyd @ Jan 16 2015, 07:31 AM) *
Anyone have a link for the press conference?


You can watch the press conference LIVE on the Telegraph website in 45 minutes...

10am UK Time

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/sp...found-LIVE.html


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post Jan 16 2015, 10:02 AM
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Images now on BBC News website here:

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post Jan 16 2015, 10:04 AM
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Landed successfully, but only partially deployed, in which case the antenna probably wasn't uncovered. So close...
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post Jan 16 2015, 10:32 AM
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UK Space Agency press announcement.
The images of Beagle, parachute and shell are in the video, which also shows animated images taken at different times, showing sun glint on metal.

UK Space Agency Beagle 2 with video

There is additional photo analysis on the BBC News site at the moment.
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