Mars Lander Beagle 2 Remains Silent

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 29, 2003   View Article

Scientists are clinging to hope that Europe’s first probe to land on Mars will speak up and be heard, though no signal from Beagle 2 has been received since it touched down on the red planet Christmas Day.

The British-built probe was jettisoned from its mother ship, Mars Express, on December 19. Upon landing on the red planet December 25, Beagle 2 was to relay a signal of its success via NASA’s orbiting Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

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