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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 18:53:08 EST
Subject: Beagle & Beyond

Hi all,

This lecture should be interesting, even to non-engineers:

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Prestige Public Lecture, 21 March.

"From the Moon to Mars: The Storty of Beagle 2 & Beyond"

The lecture will be presented by Dr Geraint Morgan of the Planetary and Space 
Sciences Research Institute of the Open University. 

The Beagle2 mission captured the imagination of the country with its bold 
ambition of investigating our neighbouring planet for signs of present and past 
life.
   The talk will describe the scientific rationale behind the mission and in 
particular the development of the Gas Analysis Package (GAP).  GAP was the 
distillation of decades of work analysing meteorite samples in the laboratory, 
miniaturised in to a form suitable for inclusion in the Beagle2 lander.  The 
chronology of the design and build processes for GAP, including the development 
of the Rosetta instrument will be described and illustrated with video footage 
from the period. 
   Following the events of Xmas 2003, the talk will conclude by suggesting 
solutions to the question...'where do we go from here?'  The solutions include 
proposals for a reflight, as part of the fledgling ESA Aurora programme, and 
the transfer of the technology to terrestrial applications.
   As a bonus the group's data from the successful Surface Science Package on 
the Cassini-Huygens lander will also be presented.

7.00 pm, 21 March 2005. Main Lecture Theatre, Ashby Building, Stranmillis 
Road, Belfast. Refreshments available from 6.30. Admission free. All welcome.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley


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