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Pop rock in outer space
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The [European Space Agency's Mars Express] lander will deploy parachutes, and then large gas-filled bags will protect it as it bounces to a halt on the surface. Once landed, Beagle 2 will emit a "beep", a signal that will tell operators at the United Kingdom's Jodrell Bank radio telescope station that it has touched down safely. This 9-note call sign was composed for the Beagle-2 team by the British pop group, Blur.Read more... )

Emphasis mine. That's just... strange. Definitely something NASA wouldn't do; it's almost cheeky. :)

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sadly shave and a haircut... is only 7 tones.

That is a funny thing though.

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