[FPSPACE] Pilinger to head inquiry into Beagle 2 disappearance

Simon Mansfield simon@spacedaily.com
Thu, 29 Jan 2004 23:15:58 +1100

At 09:19 PM 1/29/2004, you wrote:
>Why not ! every single soviet mission to Mars was a failure and the 
>Americans have only a 1 in 3 success rate  but thay did not give up 
>because there first atempt failed.

actually if measured in the modern era - the US is now 5/6 for landing on 
Mars. Which is not bad for the so called death planet.

>  The main problem with Beagle2 was lack of proper funding which was not 
> Prof. Pilingers fault but the fault of this useless Labour government 
> which has spent less on space than the previous Conservative 
> government.  But I do agree with you that the review should be conducted 
> by an outside group.

Generally when spending taxpayers funds people are asked to make sure they 
don't waste it. If B2 was under funded it was a well known fact long before 
manufacturing commenced, and maybe they should have been honest about the 
funding issue and said we can't do this for this little amount of money.

And as to the Blair Govt being responsible for a lack of a British space 
program you ignore the weight of history on the issue of Britain and Space, 
and there an Iron Lady had much to do with the current form of the UK space 
program or specifically the lack thereof. Blair is just following a long 
establish policy to let the French compete with America and spend lots of 
money coming second.

As to Pillinger investigating his own mission, this I suggest is an 
indication of just how unimportant the whole space thing is within Whitehall.


>DwayneDay <zirconic1@earthlink.net> wrote:
>This is a mistake. I actually do not think that Pilinger should get 
>another shot. But he wants any credibility, the review should be conducted 
>by an outside group.
>British scientists have begun planning a Beagle 3 mission to Mars for 
>launch in 2007, even as they try their final "last resort" attempt to 
>contact the missing Beagle 2 lander.
>A full review of what may have gone wrong with the craft will be led by 
>Professor Colin Pillinger, the chief scientist on the Beagle 2 mission, at 
>the beginning of February.
>The Beagle 2 team hopes the orbiting Mars Express, Odyssey and Global 
>Surveyor spacecraft will take pictures of Beagle 2's landing area to see 
>if it arrived on target. The Mars Express camera! s are sensitive enough 
>to pick out Beagle 2, which is about 1 metre across - and its parachutes, 
>which measure about 10 metres, should be a much clearer marker.
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