] The second wave of a Martian invasion will start Saturday
] night with the arrival of NASA's Spirit rover on the Red
- 12/25/2003: Europe's Beagle 2 (named after Darwin's
vessel) may or may not have come to a safe landing. The bouncing
landings can send a craft a half-mile away from an intended landing
site, so it may have bounced itself into a crater.
- 12/25-12/31: NASA's Mars Odyssey tried to pick up
signals from Beagle 2 every time it passed over the landing site,
to no avail.
- Saturday evening, 1/3: JPL's Mars Rover "Spirit" attempts
to bounce to a landing at 11:35 p.m. ET.
- Tuesday, 1/6: The European mothership Mars Express
will orbit Mars and attempt to pick up a signal from the AWOL
Beagle 2. This will be the first of four attempts,
scheduled for January 6th, 12th, 13th, and 17th. More info about
the Search for Beagle here:
- January 24th, a second Mars Rover, Opportunity will
attempt to bounce to its own landing.
Good luck to all!
Next attempt to land on Mars on Saturday, 1/3/2004