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No Matter How You Spin It, A Hole is Still a Hole

21 Aug 2009, 09:23 UTC
No Matter How You Spin It, A Hole is Still a Hole
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Over Christmas in 2003, I was watching the BBC news with my grandfather, hoping to hear that ESA or NASA had picked up a signal from the Martian surface. We waited.
We waited a bit more. However, it wasn’t until some weeks later (if I remember correctly) that the UK’s Beagle 2 Mars lander was [...]Post from: Astroengine.comNo Matter How You Spin It, A Hole is Still a Hole

Mars Express to Beagle 2: "But you forgot your... ah, never mind." (ESA)
Over Christmas in 2003, I was watching the BBC news with my grandfather, hoping to hear that ESA or NASA had picked up a signal from the Martian surface. We waited.
We waited a bit more. However, it wasn’t until some weeks later (if I remember correctly) that the UK’s Beagle 2 Mars lander was officially declared dead (although I suspected as much in the 30 minutes of silence after the time it was supposed to touch down). The little lander’s taxi ride across millions of miles of space, the Mars Express, was working just fine, but Beagle 2? Not so much.
This was incredibly sad on so many levels. From a patriotic viewpoint, I was ...

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