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Beagle: From Darwin's Epic Voyage to the British Mission to Mars Hardcover – 20 Nov 2003
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Watch out NASA. The British are coming. -- The Times
Britain is going to Mars. Beagle 2 - a space lander shaped like a clam and no larger than a portable barbecue - is about to make history. Named after HMS Beagle, the ship in which Charles Darwin travelled around the world, Beagle 2 has hitched a ride aboard the European Space Agency Mars Express. On reaching the red planet, this tiny British space probe is designed to answer one big question: is there, or was there, life on Mars? In 'Beagle', Colin Pillinger explores the remarkable similarities between these two historic ships, the sailing ship and the spaceship, and their great voyages of exploration. Both were at the forefront of technology for their respective generations. HMS Beagle led to the discovery of the secret of life on Earth - can Beagle 2 possibly do the same for Mars?See all Product description
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30 December 2003
This book is a must for anybody fascinated by the British probe 'Beagle 2'to Mars, and is written in constant comparison to HMS Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin around the world in the nineteenth century. At times the book can feel rather dis-jointed, but much information is put into its 166 pages. Colin Pillinger has now built Beagle, which is on its way to Mars this very moment - lets just hope its as successful as his book.