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Hot off the Press - News UPDATE

Where oh where has my little dog (Beagle II) gone? Big Flop! Streaming Mars Adventure thanks to ESA, December 25, 2003
Updated December 29th, 2003

We're sure that you've heard, but just in case you've been in a cave somewhere, ESA has been apparently taking notes from NASA and lost their little Beagle II Mars Lander. So all the hype was merely that and now two continents worth of "Rocket Scientists" aren't looking too smart.

Excuses and finger pointing has already begun, but it just boils down to Mars isn't worth the money and aggravation. We'd expect that Charles Darwin is probably rolling over in his grave, none the less.

Of course this offers fodder for the wacko Art Bell and George Noory Coast to Ghost show, and their band of hallucinogenic radio show listeners who are already claiming it's Martians and an Aliens conspiracy. Here's the original story:

This is a little off our usual beat, but we all thought it was so cool . . .

The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe is scheduled to land on Christmas Eve and ESA is inviting you to watch. ESA has enlisted the services of Dutch systems integrator Capcave B.V., which in turn brought in Speedera Networks Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., to provide high-performance a quality multimedia content-delivery services. ESA is expecting millions to be tuned into not their TV but their computers.

The exciting event can be followed at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, on Thursday, 25 December, from 01:30 to 14:00 , together with the mission managers, the operation teams, scientists and top ESA management, including ESA's Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director of Science David Southwood and

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ESA's Director of Technical and Operational Support Gaele Winters. The highlights of the night will also be webcast over the internet at http://mars.esa.int.

Mars Express promises to provide the most detailed view yet of the Red Planet. Its lander, called Beagle 2, was released on Friday and is scheduled to land on Mars on Christmas Eve (EST). It will scour the surface for water and life
         
forms, and those images will be streamed to the ESA site. The probe, built for the ESA by a consortium of European companies, is equipped with scientific instruments that will be used to perform remote-sensing experiments designed to shed new light on Mars' structure, geology, and atmosphere, as well as its potential for supporting life.

As well as live streaming of key events, the Mars Express site will have daily news, features, images, videos and more.

The ESA TV Service will provide live coverage of operations, from the Operations Control Centre at ESOC. All transmission and satellite details are published online at http://television.esa.int.
All live transmissions are also carried free-to-air on Astra 2C at 19 degrees East, transponder 57, horizontal, (DVB-MPEG-2), frequency 10832 MHz, Symbol Rate 22000 MS/sec, FEC 5/6. The service name is ESA.



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