View Full Version : Discussion: Esa Releases Its Findings On Beagle 2

2004-May-25, 06:34 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency released its official inquiry into the loss of the Beagle 2 lander, and made 19 recommendations for future missions to the surface of the Red Planet. No one has been able to get to the root cause for the loss of Beagle 2's, but it could have been because of a thinner than expected Martian atmosphere, a problem with its airbag system, or a failure to deploy its solar panels, which cover up the lander's main antenna.

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2004-May-25, 06:53 PM
A sad, sad story...

2004-May-25, 07:29 PM
I got a question for Beagle 2 :
Does it actually crash or explode on the upper atmosphere or Mars or safety landed on Mars, but somehow lost communication? Cuz most of the ppls in the classroom, they said it crash on the upper atmosphere and some website saids, different things about it? So which one is the truth of Beagle 2?

2004-May-25, 07:44 PM
No one knows for sure Littlemews. After it separated from Mars Express, it was never heard from again. So, it might have burned up, it might have made a small crater, or it might even have landed but been unable to phone home.

From the different reports on it, it appears it most likely made a small crater :(

See, NASA isn't the only agency that can screw up.

2004-May-25, 09:06 PM
LOL :lol:

2004-May-26, 08:37 AM
It's a shame that Beagle 2 failed as it was touted as a low-cost, efficient project, offering an alternative to the big-money, bureaucratic NASA-type project.

Unfortunately we've got two NASA explorers working perfectly and Beagle 2 died without a peep. Looks like NASA's doing something right, despite all the criticism it receives.

Eric Vaxxine
2004-May-26, 09:36 AM
Did anyone find out what the 'other' object was in the photo when Beagle2 and Express separated? I posted a note on this site at the time.

2004-May-26, 06:56 PM
Eric, there was no "photo" of the separation, it was an artist's rendition of the event. There was nothing close enough to take a photo.