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MARS: Where is Beagle 2 ?

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Posted by gfoat on Jan 06, 2004 - 01:02 PM

The Ultra High Frequency (UHF) receivers on Mars Express are ready to communicate with Beagle 2. On 7 January, at precisely 13:15 CET, ESA’s Mars Express orbiter will be in both an ideal flight path and an ideal communication configuration, right over the Beagle 2 landing area, at about 86 degrees, allowing ground controllers at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to catch the slightest beep from the Martian surface. [1]

Although the Mars Express orbiter will fly over the Beagle 2 landing site at 12.15 GMT on 7th January 2004, we have been advised by ESA that the resulting data will take some time to process and the outcome may not be known until 15.00 GMT.

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