Schoolgirls making an educational trip to the Royal Society's recent New Frontiers in Science exhibition had the unexpected thrill of chatting to Blur's Alex James and Dave Rowntree, who were sharing a stand with Colin and a model of Beagle2. The pair were schoolboy scientists and are keen to spread the word that "science is cool".
Damien Hirst, famed for his spot paintings, is to create an artwork for the mission. "Not in my wildest dreams would I have thought about making an artwork which would actually travel to the red planet," he said. "It was great to be asked to help."