What is noice about this story is that the sturdily British Beagle Mars vehicle has to now admit that when it comes to space there is no room for parochialism. This time using some sort of skycrane they hope to drop the thing down a bit more scientifically than dropping the poor bugger from orbit. But will Blur be wrtiting a song for it this time (what many people saw as the founding flaw of the previous attempt).

Just a note on names by the way. The Mars Rover versus Beagle. I always thought Rover was a quintessentially British name for a dog (not to mention a collection of Christmas biscuits). On the other hand easily the most famous Beagle int he world is Snoopy – an American. GET JINGOISM RIGHT!