Mars Express To Move In Closer to Pick up Beagle’s Bark The Planetary Society

It’s been nine days since the European Space Agency’s Beagle 2 is believed to have passed through the Martian atmosphere and landed on the surface, but so far it hasn’t uttered so much as a tentative yelp. Although the dozen or so attempts through NASA’s Mars Odyssey and the Jodrell Bank radio observatory in England have failed to pick up any sound from Beagle, ESA scientists are not ready to give up hope yet. At this point, the “most likely scenario” for making contact will be next Wednesday, on January 7, at 1:13 p.m. Central European TIME (CET) [12:13 Greenwich Mean Time], Mars Express Project Scientist Agustin Chicarro told reporters yesterday in a press conference hosted by The Planetary Society at its headquarters in Pasadena, California.