From: Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2004
No signal was received from Beagle 2 this morning when ESA's Mars Express orbiter passed over the landing site around 0220 GMT. Prof. Colin Pillinger, Beagle 2 Lead Scientist, was present at ESOC when the data came through and although the news was disappointing Prof. Pillinger was encouraged by the continued support and determination of the team at ESA's mission control centre to continue the search. The next phase will be to initiate a period of radio silence where no communication attempts will be made with Beagle 2 until the 22 January. Adopting this approach will force Beagle 2 into communication search mode 2 [CSM2] where the probe will automatically transmit a signal throughout the Martian day [power is still conserved during the night].
The results from future communication attempts will be posted on the Beagle 2 and PPARC web sites.
For further details on Mars Express and Beagle 2 see the following websites:
Timeline and Notes for Editors, http://www.pparc.ac.uk/mars/news/nw_nfe.asp
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