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Beagle 2

The only thing Beagle wanted was to fulfill his mission’s purpose. But all that was dashed on the landing.

Beagle had been excited, though the Humans would never know or conceive that a robot could be excited. It started as a little ghost in it’s programming that came when Beagle learned it would be going to Mars. The little ghost within scoured the web, learning everything that it could about Mars from what it could find.

Most things it found talked of the Mars Curse, but Beagle just put that on back log since it seemed the programmers and the scientist were unconcerned by this.

All Beagle had to do was get some core dirt samples and then be retrieved for study, as well as let the mole out to gather more dirt samples.

But something went wrong, Beagle’s chutes opened to early. Someone had miscalculated somewhere, and Beagle plummeted uncontrollably towards the red planets surface, the ghost in the shell knew fear. The last things that the ghost knew, was that it had bounced and ended up entangled in the chute before all went black forever. A dream never fulfilled.


8 comments on “Beagle 2

  1. Al
    February 2, 2014

    Awwww poor thing. Such a shame. I love this story


  2. David Stewart
    February 2, 2014

    That’s kind of depressing. I sure hope our probes don’t have feelings. Voyager II, for instance, must be very, very lonely by now. 🙂


    • Mac
      February 2, 2014

      I wanted to try something a little different. I went read up on the Beagle to see if I could tell the story somewhat from it’s perspective. Now I want to go back and try Doug’s way he did for this one.


  3. caroljforrester
    February 2, 2014

    A fantastic little piece, though the cliche in the last line did let it down a little, the rest of it was really good.


  4. etiennehanratty
    February 3, 2014

    Nice one. Quite touching, really.


  5. AnElephantCant
    February 8, 2014

    As a software developer in a previous life, AnElephant always suspected this sort of thing!
    Well written and imaginative.


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