Beagle: From Darwin's Epic Voyage to the British Expedition
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's 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?