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Construction Begins on Beagle 2 171

Posted by timothy
from the planetary-galapagos dept.
Bonker writes "CNN reports that Beagle 2, a lander that's part of ESA's next Mars mission, is beginning construction in England. The lander will be constructed in clean-room conditions to avoid being contaminated with any kind of terrestrial life so that it can more accurately determine if there is or was any kind of martian life once it arrives."
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Construction Begins on Beagle 2

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  • Electrics? (Score:5, Funny)

    by mccalli (323026) on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @05:14AM (#4023968) Homepage
    Beagle 2, a lander that's part of ESA's next Mars mission, is beginning construction in England.

    Please tell me it doesn't use Lucas electrics.
    Please tell me it doesn't use Lucas electrics.
    Please tell me it doesn't use Lucas electrics.
    Please tell me it doesn't use Lucas electrics.

    This could go very wrong...

    Cheers,
    Ian

  • by Lao-Tzu (12740) on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @06:04AM (#4024054) Homepage

    You know that if they do find life they'll blame it on "earthly contamination" no matter how clean it was so these clean room conditions don't do anything but waste time and money. Why not just let it sit in the corner of a nuclear waste site for a couple months and have that nuke off any germs.

    If TV has taught me anything, it's that radiation makes things grow. It's people like you who are responsible for us having six foot tall germs chasing people down the street, devouring houses and apartment buildings and leaving a trail of green slime. I hate green slime.

  • by oskarfasth (187750) on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @07:05AM (#4024166) Journal
    Other Earth visitors could be on Mars during Beagle 2's 180-day mission. The dog-sized craft is scheduled to hit the martian dirt in late December 2003, about the same time that NASA expects to land twin rovers on the red planet.

    I hope the engineers haven't watched to many episodes of "BattleBots"...

    Would make a great special feature tho.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @08:04AM (#4024395)
    Anyone who has travelled on the London Underground will be wondering if this is the right place for this kind of work.

    The English don't seem to shower very often.

    Mind you, I suppose it's better than France!

  • by C A S S I E L (16009) on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @08:06AM (#4024406) Homepage
    I believe they're having some teething problems with the alternator, but apparently the headlamps and indicators have worked flawlessly.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 07, 2002 @08:49AM (#4024656)
    just so they could say when it touches down:

    THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED

    ???

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.

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