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Guardian 12 February 2012

Birthdays and big plans in the Guardian

12th February 2012

HMS Beagle co-founder Dr Karen James celebrates key anniversaries in Charles Darwin's life, and proposes toasting his birthday aboard a new Beagle as soon as 2014.

Read more in the Guardian Science Blog

Guardian 4 January 2012

National article highlights need for new Beagle

4th January 2012

In an article to mark the 180-year anniversary of HMS Beagle's second voyage launching, Project trustee and writer Peter McGrath recalls the intellectual mood of the time, and the importance of that famous voyage.

He also makes the case for building a new Beagle. Finding the right shipyard is the next step...

Read more in the Guardian Science blog...

Adelaide Advertiser 6 December 2011

HMS Beagle Project Revisits Australia, Builds New Links

6th December 2011

HMS Beagle Project directors David Lort-Phillips and Dr Karen James got a warm welcome at the Royal Institution of Australia - and good news coverage - during a visit to Adelaide this month. The project has strong ties to Australia, through family connections to John Lort-Stokes and Beagle's six-year third voyage, which safeguarded coastal navigation and shipping lanes in the region.

James was also there to speak at the 4th International Barcode of Life Conference, and Lort-Phillips was also pursuing a deal with the publishers of an upcoming Beagle history by Marsden Hordern.

See the Adelaide Advertiser article here, or read the post by 'Captain Skellett' on our blog.

BBC News 3 October 2011

HMS Beagle Project director helps ALMA explore the origin of stars

3rd October 2011

BBC Mobile

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) has captured its first stunning images from a high plateau in northern Chile. The array, unprecedented in size and sophistication, will enable new investigations of the formation of galaxies, stars and planets. HMS Beagle Project director Dr. Ravinder Bhatia, a member of the Science and Chilean Outreach teams, is a System Engineer at ALMA.

HMS Beagle spent over a year (1834-1835) travelling the coastline of Chile. During this time, the crew witnessed the earthquake of 1835 and associated volcanic eruptions, and Charles Darwin undertook several journeys into the Andes.

Read more about ALMA's explorations...


Guardian 21 July 2011

Space Shuttle’s last voyage is not the end of human space exploration

21st July 2011

Guardian online

After both the crew of Atlantis and mission controllers in Houston confirmed undocking, the familiar voice of the commentator came in: "Undocking confirmed at 1:28am central time. Atlantis weighs anchor from the International Space Station for the last time." A few moments later, a bell rang out. It was astronaut Ron Garan ringing the station's bronze ship's bell in the traditional farewell to a departing vessel.

I heard that "weighs anchor" as a reminder of the continuity of human exploration, and I heard that bell's ringing as a promise, to past, present and future generations, that our irrepressible human instinct to venture ever outward will not let us down... Read more