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#1 2002-09-20 17:03:54

Mark S
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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

Space.com is reporting that the Beagle lander, originally a part of the ESA Mars Express mission, may not be completed in time, and Mars Express will launch without it.  This comes just on the heels of speculation that the 2003 MER rovers will be delayed until 2008.  This is all bad news for Mars exploration.  I had particularly high hopes that the Beagle would give us some conclusive results about present microbial life on Mars.


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#2 2002-09-21 03:25:16

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

Yep, I've seen that - here's a story on BBC News about it. I haven't seen any specifics about why they are behind, but I gather that there have been funding problems and perhaps they've been holding up or distracting the team.


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#3 2002-09-21 06:45:37

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

I don't think the Beagle will be cancelled. It might come close, but I don't think so.

But the two NASA rovers, on the other hand... let's just not get our hopes up until we're seeing streaming images.


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#4 2002-09-22 01:56:05

Shaun Barrett
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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

GOOD GRIEF !!!!!!!          sad


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#5 2002-09-22 09:56:33

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

I have to go with Josh on Beagle.  I think somehow the team will get everything done in time for flight.  As for the NASA rovers, I think the project would be better off tranferred to a few teams from "Battle Bots" and "Junkyard Wars."

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#6 2002-10-16 22:08:07

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

Monday's explosion of a Soyuz rocket may endanger the launch of Mars Express.  Although other Soyuz payloads (like this month's Soyuz TMA-1) will not miss their launch dates, a review of the accident could hold some nasty surprises for Mars Express's planned booster.


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#7 2002-10-17 01:30:55

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

RATS !!!!!!                      sad


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#8 2003-06-12 10:51:14

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#810541:post_uid0]Beagle Settles Into Space Ride..WEEEEEEEE!  smile

cool

--Cindy[/color:post_uid0]


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#9 2003-06-12 17:19:09

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#000000:post_uid14]PHEW !!!
                      smile[/color:post_uid14]


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#10 2003-06-12 19:40:34

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#000000:post_uid4]Guess I was right for a change... :;):[/color:post_uid4]


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#11 2003-07-03 14:52:09

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#000000:post_uid12][b:post_uid12]Mars Express Probe Has Power Problem[/b:post_uid12]

Europe’s Mars Express satellite has lost 30 percent of its power-generating ability and likely will be forced to restrict its instruments’ use once it begins operations in Mars orbit in late December, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced July 2.

More: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/ex … 30702.html[/color:post_uid12]


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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#12 2003-07-03 14:55:10

Palomar
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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#000000:post_uid12][b:post_uid12]Mars Express Probe Has Power Problem[/b:post_uid12]

Europe’s Mars Express satellite has lost 30 percent of its power-generating ability and likely will be forced to restrict its instruments’ use once it begins operations in Mars orbit in late December, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced July 2.

More: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/ex … 30702.html[/color:post_uid12][/quote:post_uid12]
[color=#810541:post_uid12]Damn.[/color:post_uid12]


We all know those Venusians: Doing their hair in shock waves, smoking electrical coronas, wearing Van Allen belts and resting their tiny elbows on a Geiger counter...

--John Sladek (The New Apocrypha)

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#13 2003-07-03 15:35:18

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Re: Problems with Beagle - A blow to Mars Express

[color=#000000:post_uid12]Yeah, a shame, really. They seem optimistic, though. And really, we've had incredible luck with many probes that have failed half-way on us before. Basically, if we can get a signal, we're pretty much okay. That just seems how things tend to pan out, at least.[/color:post_uid12]


Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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