Athena To Join Beagle On Mars As Recovery From Setbacks Begins SpaceDaily

Two landers are due to descend to the surface of Mars within a month of each other in late 2003, early 2004. Last week, NASA announced that it would be sending a rover to the red planet. Beagle 2, the Mars Express lander, is due to take up its position on the Martian surface about one month before NASA’s rover lands. The two spacecraft will land at different sites and take complementary approaches to their explorations.