My Life on Mars: (The Beagle 2 Diaries) Hardcover – 5 Oct 2010
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This autobiographical book by the leader of the Beagle 2 project tells the complete story about the British space which was sent to Mars in 2003 to search for evidence of life on the Red Planet. Beagle 2 captivated the public and stories about it appeared in the media all over the World particularly in the United States.
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The Beagle 2 mission, although ultimately unsuccessful, captured the hearts of the British people in 2003 and certainly succeeded in inspiring many ordinary folk to take an interest in space exploration and science. Rarely has science been made so accessible to the general public, and Pillinger's approach of attempting to share every step of the process (warts and all) with the non-scientific community should be praised.
Professor Pillinger was personally criticised for his management style in a post mission report, but in this passionate account he explains how the mission suffered from funding constraints and a lack of co-operation from various quarters, at times bordering on malicious obstruction. The book is as much a dramatic thriller as it is an enthralling narrative of Pillinger's career.
My Life on Mars provides a gripping insight to the intense political wrangling which took place in the shadows of a groundbreaking scientific and engineering endeavour. It certainly leaves you with an enormous sense of disappointment that such an audacious project could be hamstrung by the interference of the bureaucrats and nay-sayers.
Highly recommended for all those with a sense of adventure, and out of this world ambition!
No matter the ultimate fate of the tiny lander, Beagle 2 is clearly a success story, if only for the way it inspired a nation to think again of spaceflight in a way it hadn't since the heady days of the Apollo missions. Even in an age when space is now "Big Business" controlled almost entirely by large corporations and national interests, Beagle 2 - famously designed on the back of a beer mat and built in a garage - showed there is still room for a smaller more idealistic endeavour.
There is something wonderfully "Wellsian" about the little lander that took on the might of NASA and which generated a story that might well have come from the pen of H.G. himself: the long journey across the "gulf of space" attached to the Mars Express mother-ship, followed by an unknown fate after the craft deployed in Mars orbit.Read more ›
Overall a very enjoyable read.
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Today,16 January 2015, the UK Space Agency confirmed that Beagle 2 had landed successfully on Mars on 25 December 2003 . Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jane Rubin
I admire Prof. Pillinger; I admire all he's done, I like hearing him speak.
I was looking forward to reading the Diaries, but came away slightly dissapointed. Read more
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