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Tim Thyne Period 1 5/25/00 Title: Britain to Land Probe On Mars Date Published: May 22, 2000 Source: space.com The British might be the next to have a Mars exploration mission. They have not yet confirmed whether it will be an orbiter of a lander, however, they might not be able to do either. If they can’t do either, then they will send the Beagle 2—a tiny lander that will be sent in 2003—to land on Mars. They are trying to see if it can extend to a second planet. They plan to launch it in June 2003, and it would land on the British boxer day, December 26. After landing, Beagle 2 will unfold its four solar panels so it will have enough power for its 180 day mission. The mission is to find out whether or not there was, is, or could ever be life on Mars. It will do this by searching the atmosphere for methane,
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Unformatted text preview: organic residues, try to date martian rocks, and go beneath the soil and under boulders. Up to 5 cameras will take images. A Planetary Udersurface Tool, “Pluto”, will dig under the surface and under rocks. NASA also plans to send a lander to Mars in 2003. This article was interesting to read, because it shows that scientists are interested in more than medicines, vaccines, ancient history, and chemicals. It shows that they want to understand our differences and similarities between Earth and other planets. It also shows that they are going a step forward, and not just staying within the bounds of our atmosphere and the moon. I personally think that there could be another space race coming out of the exploration of Mars....
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