Small Dog On Mars

In the early hours of Christmas morning, Britain's first interplanetary probe is due to land on Mars.

This is the story of a man and a dog.

The 'dog' is Beagle 2, the robot craft that will land on Mars and, perhaps, like Darwin's ship The Beagle, discover signs of new life forms.

The man is Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University who, with bushy whiskers, chunky jumpers and a West Country accent is its unlikely master.

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In the early hours of Christmas morning, Britain's first interplanetary probe is due to land on Mars.

This is the story of a man and a dog.

The 'dog' is Beagle 2, the robot craft that will land on Mars and, perhaps, like Darwin's ship The Beagle, discover signs of new life forms.

The man is Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University who, with bushy whiskers, chunky jumpers and a West Country accent is its unlikely master.