Entry, Descent and Landing Sequence of Beagle 2

Before anybody forgets, and the events planned for 2016 and 2018 may lead to such a lapse, here is the Entry, Descent and Landing sequence of Beagle 2, a sequence that we now know has been successful most likely in its entirety.

This is one of those drawing that capture the essence of a very complex system or sequence of events and as such it has a beauty of its own and it is worthy treasuring.

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Credit: Beagle 2 Mission Report, 2004, University of Leicester

NASA/JPL taught the world that EDL is one of the most difficult, and rewarding, phases of a space mission. The entire success of the mission rests upon the work of those earthbound astronauts that never gets the recognition they deserve despite their outstanding achievement in trying to imagine all the possible condition that their vehicle is going to encounter hundred of millions of kilometers away from any possibility of control.

The Beagle 2 team designed, planned and implemented this complexity on a shoestring budget compared to similar missions. Now we know they succeeded and we wish good luck to the next European mission to land on Mars.

F. Bernardini, FBIS

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