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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:00:00 AM
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Missing British Spacecraft Found on Mars

Britain's long-lost Beagle 2 spacecraft—launched in 2003 to search for life on Mars—has been spotted on the red planet, more than 11 years after it was last heard from. Deemed a "heroic failure" when contact with it was lost on December 19, 2003, the craft has been observed in recent images from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to officials from the UK Space Agency, there is evidence that Beagle 2 landed on Mars as scheduled on Christmas Day 2003, but only partially deployed, likely due to a hard landing. More...
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:12:54 AM

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This article says that Beagle 2 was supposed to land on the 25th of December, but became unable to transmit probably die to a hard landing. What it doesn't explain is why it went silent on the 19th. Maybe that was expected, but if not expected, did something else happen before the landing?
Phil Redbud
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Wanderer wrote:
This article says that Beagle 2 was supposed to land on the 25th of December, but became unable to transmit probably die to a hard landing. What it doesn't explain is why it went silent on the 19th. Maybe that was expected, but if not expected, did something else happen before the landing?



The transmissions prior to the 19th came from the Mars Orbiter itself, the Beagle 2 (lander) wasn't designed to transmit it's own data until after landing on the 25th, the lander was supposed to open itself up and begin transmitting once the air bags had deflated after touchdown.
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:56:55 AM
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don't know why it reminded me but here we go...


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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:03:52 PM
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space junker
Dr WWWW
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:24:57 PM

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NASA also had an expensive SNAFU on September 23, 1999 -- the orbiter didn't even orbit Mars but likely burned up in the atmosphere:

September 30, 1999
Web posted at: 1:46 p.m. EDT (1746 GMT)


Quote:
(CNN) -- NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because one engineering team used metric units while another used English units for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.

For that reason, information failed to transfer between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team at Lockheed Martin in Colorado and the mission navigation team in California. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft.

"People sometimes make errors," said Edward Weiler, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Science in a written statement.


More like a written understatement.
Hardly an heroic event.
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:56:53 PM

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More space junk; what do you say to understanding our own planet first, a. the oceans & b. global warming, you English twits....
Phil Redbud
Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:44:22 PM

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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
More space junk; what do you say to understanding our own planet first, a. the oceans & b. global warming, you English twits....


Being half English, I take offence at this you sanctimonious dick.


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