Interplanetary UK
Posted by aogFriday, 19 December 2003 at 18:13 TrackBack Ping URL

I was completely unaware that the UK has a probe on the way to Mars:

Britain’s mission to land a spacecraft on Mars reaches its first nail-biting moment today when the Beagle 2 probe is ejected from its mothership and sent hurtling towards the Red Planet. […] The British probe is due to bounce down on the planet at 2.54am on Christmas Day and begin its search for evidence of life.

Wow. Apparently it was launched just last June, presumably to take advantage of the conjunction. Good luck, chaps!

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John Weidner Sunday, 21 December 2003 at 14:30

Wow. I had no idea of this. Thanks!

I’ve read that the most efficient path to Mars is a long ellipse (5 months?) that actually encounters Mars near its farthest point. Which may be where it is now…

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 21 December 2003 at 14:40

Yes, that’s called a Hohman transfer orbit.

Tracked from Random Jottings: "like an old high school quarterback" on 21 December 2003 at 14:40

A.O.G. tells me something I had no notion of: The UK has a spacecraft they hope to land soon on Mars! Very cool, I wish them luck. He also said this: Daniel Schorr was on NPR this morning, bloviating about...

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