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Artist's impression of Beagle 2 lander

Artist's impression of Beagle 2 lander


Date: 25 January 2000
Satellite: Mars Express
Depicts: Beagle 2
Copyright: ESA/Denman productions

ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, carrying the Beagle 2 lander, was launched on 2 June 2003, arriving in the vicinity of Mars in December. The separation of Beagle 2 from Mars Express took place flawlessly on 19 December. The satellite continued its mission with its successful insertion into a Mars orbit on 25 December, the day on which Beagle 2 was due to land.

The first radio contact with Beagle 2 was expected shortly after the scheduled landing time but no signal was received.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Oct-2021 20:10 UT

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