To Mars via Kazakhstan – Terry Ransome
A journey alongside the Beagle2 probe to Mars
Our speaker is Terry Ransomewho reflects some of the knowledge gained and experiences enjoyed in two very different aspects of my ‘working’ life.
He worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years – building and testing satellites and spacecraft. That took him to launch sites around the world, the most memorable perhaps being a launch campaign at the Russian site at Baikonur in Kazakhstan – with the UK’s Beagle2 Mars Probe.
He says “The final highlight in my working life was to work at the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan – from where Yuri Gagarin embarked on his first human spaceflight. It is still busy today launching astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station – and lots more. I took with me the UK’s Mars Lander Beagle2 – the probe that was ‘lost’ on Mars at Christmas 2003, but ‘found’ 11 years later.
In this talk I tell of my Beagle2 and Kazakhstan experiences – with a postscript on how Beagle2 was eventually found and identified on the Red Planet. A postscript looks at how later Mars probes have fared, and what’s planned for the future.”