"The control centre is ready and a big Christmas celebration is
expected when, or if, the UK's most ambitious scientific project,
the Beagle 2 Mars Lander, makes landfall on Christmas Day.
"In true British low-budget fashion, a single Linux-based
workstation at the Lander Operations Control Centre (LOCC) is being
used to send commands and receive vital data from Beagle 2.
"The diminutive LOCC, part of the new British National Space
Centre (BNSC) in Leicester, is now fully operational. It has
already sent the commands that will be triggered at various times
during Beagle 2's descent..."
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