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26/12/02
Life on Mars Mission Ready for Take Off
- Finishing touches, including music and art, put to Beagle 2

CONSTRUCTION work is now complete on the Beagle 2 spacecraft which is set to look for life on Mars next year, the team of British scientists behind the project have announced.

As well as ironing out technical issues for the unmanned craft, scientists have also fitted art by Damien Hirst and music by Blur's Alex James and Dave in case any cultured Martians happen by.

"This is a device which is built to try and answer a very fundamental question - is there life elsewhere in the Solar System?," said team leader Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University.

Beagle 2 - at just 60 kilogrammes, it is reckoned to be the smallest soft-landing craft in history - is due to start its mission to the Red Planet in June 2003, landing on Mars some six months later.




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