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Sunday, February 9, 2003



Beagle 2 Shipped to Toulouse

Computer-generated view of Beagle 2 on Mars.
Computer-generated view of Beagle 2 on Mars.
Credit: ESA
The Beagle 2 Lander, which will look for signs of life on the rocky Martian surface, was shipped to Toulouse, France yesterday to begin final preparation for its launch by the European Space Agency in May. The 4 billion (US $6.5 billion) project has the greatest chance yet of any craft sent to Mars of detecting life. It is very appropriately named after the HMS Beagle, the seagoing vessel that took famous evolutionist Charles Darwin around the world to the Galopagos Islands.

(More info: thisisBristol.com)


- posted by Brian @ 21:04 EST