From Kingswood to Mars
Kingswood Heritage Museum
Local people will remember the excitement in 2003 when Beagle 2 was sent on its way to Mars. Beagle 2, named after the ship HMS Beagle on which Charles Darwin voyaged and led to his writing “On the Origin of Species”, was conceived and led by Professor Colin Pillinger, who was educated at Kingswood Grammar School (now King's Oak Academy).
Kingswood Heritage Museum has been proud to present,as part of its 2018 season, a major exhibition about this exciting project, commemorating its launch in June 2003. The exhibition has been made possible thanks to material supplied by Doreen Lindegaard, Colin's sister, and Terry Ransome, Beagle 2's Test Manager. The outstanding item in the exhibition is the full sized replica of the landing craft.
Now, as a highlight of the season, the Museum is hosting a talk by Terry about the project. In his fully illustrated presentation, Terry will tell his audience about the planning and preparation of the Mars landing, and how the probe at first appeared lost - but was later found - on the Red Planet. His postscript will give his overview of the current developments in looking for life on Mars – especially in the light of the exciting recent discoveries!
The talk takes place at the Museum on Monday, 13 August, starting at 7.30pm. The small entry fee of £3 includes light refreshments. For more information contact the Museum, telephone 0117 960 5664, or via email below.