ESA proposes Johannesburg follow-up, hands over

The European Space Agency recently proposed to representatives of the world’s major satellite Earth observation organizations a pair of initiatives to support the plan for sustainable development adopted by the summit held last summer in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Artist’s impression of Beagle 2 lander

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.

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