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Beagle 2 should not have got off ground

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  • Joe (uuk) McGonagle
    From The Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1469191,00.html February 04, 2005 Beagle 2 should not have got off ground By Mark Henderson, Science
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      From The Times:

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1469191,00.html

      February 04, 2005

      Beagle 2 should not have got off ground
      By Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent


      THE British-led Beagle 2 mission to Mars was so seriously flawed
      from the outset that it should have been cancelled five years
      before its launch, a report suppressed by ministers for eight
      months has revealed.

      The project should have been abandoned by the European Space
      Agency (ESA) in October 1998 when it failed to meet a funding
      deadline, according to the official inquiry into its loss.

      Its conclusions were published in full for the first time
      yesterday, when the Government released the entire report of the
      investigation it commissioned with the ESA.

      Though its 19 recommendations were published last May, the rest
      of the report, including its findings about what went wrong, was
      suppressed.

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