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Skybound launch for Colin Pillinger's Beagle-2 book

18 October 2010 Last updated at 10:53 BST

The scientist behind the ill-fated Beagle-2 mission to Mars has written an account of the UK-led venture.

Professor Colin Pillinger's book - My Life on Mars (The Beagle-2 Diaries) - describes how the probe was built and ultimately lost as it entered the Martian atmosphere on Christmas Day in 2003.

The Open University researcher thought the best way to announce the book was to put a copy in a rocket and launch it into the sky.