Television cameras have started to breed in the press room, and TV people are putting on ties. It sounds as if we're going to be getting some news any minute now -- and since this is earlier than we might have epxected, I havea slight presumption that the news could be good.
05:59 Pillinger, who is now completely festooned with radio mikes, has just told us that the person at the other end of teh phone clamped to his ear -- someone at JPL, which runs the Deep Space Network -- has confirmed that Odyssey is in contact with the earth.
06:04 The phone is still to his ear, the room is pretty silent.
06:06 A mobile rings. It's Colin's. Once he gets past all the mike wires and radio transmitters stuck to his belt he chucks it to an assistant.
06:07 Beagle data will not be the first thing in this transmission, apparently (nor was it expected to be).
06:10 A TV guy on teh other side of his room is keeping up a low commentary to his studio, presumably to accompany live footage of Colin with a phone to his ear. He's been keeping this commentary up for about ten minutes now. Must be riveting.
06:15 There was no signal from Beagle 2 sent back by Odyssey.