The Great Galactic Ghoul!   39 comments

The Curse Of The Great Martian Galactic Ghoul!

Phobos GruntThe Martian Curse

As the ill-fated Russian space probe “Phobos Grunt” (Phobos Soil) meets it dramatic demise, crashing back to Earth in a blaze of flame and fire once again the Mars curse of the Great Galactic Ghoul lives up to it’s reputation as a (fictitional) space monster that lives very happily on a diet of Mars probes!!

Originally dreamed up by NASA space engineers, it was designed to counter the disappointment of the hazards encountered by and only occasionally survived by, seemingly endless failed Mars missions with a sense of humour, in the form of a fantasy space ghoul!

The Great Galactic Ghoul is supposed to be a sea serpent lying in malevolent and hungry wait en route to Mars. It is akin to the mischevious gremlins RAF pilots in WW2 often held responsible for their aircraft problems.

Phobos Grunt Crashing Back to EarthMars’ Ghoulish Curse of Terror!

Mars itself has long been associated with war and destruction, its best known guise being the Roman God of War, It was known by the Egyptians as “The Red One” and by the Babylonians as the “Star of Death.” By the 20th century it was widely considered to be inhabited by dangerous and violent aliens whos warmongering natures would lead them to destroy mankind and claim the Earth for themselves.

The dawn of the space age brought with it a whole new reign of terror of a very different kind. Despite the Red Planet proving to be a benign and lifeless world it also proved to be a ghoulish curse of terror devouring galactic technology as fast as it could…

Missions Impossible!

  • 1961/62: FIVE missions to Mars failed, of which FOUR never made it past Earth’s gravity
  • 1964: NASA MARINER 3 failed to deploy its solar panels and the batteries went flat
  • 1965: Russian probe ZOND 2 was lost contact with and lifeless as it was simply floated straight on past its target
  • 1971: RUSSIAN LANDER crashed into Mars creating the first man-made crater
  • 1993: MARS OBSERVER (NASA) went AWOL spinning out of control with a leaking fuel tank
  • 1999: MARS CLIMATE ORBITER burned up in Mars’ atmosphere during the crafts approach
  • 9 November 2011: Russian probe PHOBOS GRUNT (SOIL) launched to collect and return to Earth, soil samples from Mars’ moon Phobos. Stopped communicating within hours with mission control. Crashed back to Earth in a pile of junk January 2012.

clip_image006Search Continues for Lost Mars Lander Beagle 2

The 33 kilogram (73 lb) Beagle 2 separated from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express satellite in Mars orbit six days before atmospheric reentry… then nothing…silence. Nine years later, we still have no idea, to this day, about what happened to Britain’s sole British Mars mission. If you feel like doing a spot of lost Beagle 2 searching, here are some instructions about how to do so.

The Ghoul seems to have developed something of a taste for Russian space craft…. Phobos-Grunt crashed back to Earth recently after its rocket failed, 15 years after Russia’s first Mars mission.. Prior to that in 1989 Phobos 2, although it did manage to arrive at Mars in one piece, was knocked out by a faulty computer before mission completion. Phobos 1 had the grave misfortune to mysteriously vanish before it even got to Mars after losing its lock on the Sun. This resulting in a fatal system failure due to the additional loss of vital solar power, all caused by yet another computer error.

Between 1961 and 2011, 22 space craft were lost to the Great Galactic Terror!

39 responses to “The Great Galactic Ghoul!

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  1. Enjoyed your post Wolfie. It is only the Martins getting their own back, after “War of the World,s” lol

    rosemarymonteith
  2. Hello! Have a beautiful weekend!

  3. if im on your blogroll list try clicking there . always as somehow wp has messed up and got deleted old site tied in with new one can you let me know if it works from your blogroll xxjen

    • Oops! All ok now, you’re safely on my blogroll and you’re showing up in the w/p reader for updates now so no problem🙂 More than can be said for some other unfortunates who aren’t!

  4. An excellent read Icywolfy of the Icy Realm, I wonder where that
    Beagle 2 ended up, more than likely being used as an Alien portaloo
    or something, mind you with a mission like that one had it makes a
    lot ot sense don’t you think Icy?🙂 lol

    I have enjoyed your Space posting and the graphics that you have
    added fit this one very nicely. Now all we, I mean you need to do is
    add something on Mythology and that will be another wicked idea🙂

    Have a lot of fun this evening but watch out for that Beagle 2 as it is
    bound to turn up at some point in time🙂 Be good too okay?😉 lol

    Androgoth XXx

    • An alien portaloo?! lol😉 Yes…makes a lot of sense?!!!😉
      I’ve just updated the Ki Lin so if it’s mythology you want that’s the blog of the moment! Off you go then🙂 What’re waiting for?!!! Chop chop!! Well no…just in case you’re panicking lol not literally🙂 lol

  5. Wundervolles Video Grüsse dich lieb und wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag und guten Wochenanfang Herzlicher Gruss von mir Gislinde.

  6. loved reading this one icey a space monster or too on here as well just read about the meteor that streamed across the sky last night fascinating xjen

  7. Tack för titten Wolfie..
    Ha en härlig vecka…
    Kram Nicki

  8. and we are runnign around on this ball. Awesome video.
    and as Andro says…Maybe that aliens will land with that beagle2
    interesting..We clal it Sf but one day they will arrive haha
    tc and be good
    MJ

  9. Curse or perhaps the Martians do not want them probing or grunting??? Hey…we don’t know for sure. Life as WE know it may not be life as it IS KNOWN elsewhere. Just saying…Raven Sciensense- the other Theories😀
    Great post as usual Wolfie xx

  10. Lieber Gruss und einen schönen Frauentag wünsche ich dir Gislinde

  11. Just shows Wolfie I know little of the mechanics of outer space travel. For me I sat up to watch the landing on the Moon..way back when!.. and Marvelled at the Shuttles first trip to land back on the Earth like a plane. In fact after seeing capsules fall into the sea via parachutes it was a miracle to me how they calculated it back down… to then go on to do trips so regular it wasn’t news headlines anymore.. So these space satellites are all new to me.. So thank you Wolfie for educating a Dreamer who spends lots of her time in SPACE!, but she travels the stars within her own Time Travel machine LOL.. And Avoids Mars, but she does from time to time just sit upon a Star and wonder what an earth we are!……… Love and Blessings to you my fury friend xx (( Hugs )) Dreamwalker xx

  12. I think you will be having a wicked evening out with the girls
    knowing you our Icywolfy of the Icy and wickedly naughty realm
    and I guess you will be having lots of fun too🙂😉 lol

    Hey watch out for any of those Neanderthal types🙂 lol

    It Is Kenny’s birthday on the morrow🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Yes and I have got my dates wrong in so far as I have spent all day thinking today was the 10th! I notice from the date on your comment that it’s in fact 9th today😦
      Not out…5am start for work tomorrow and am abandoning W/P for tonight in preference for super-charged hi speed update of twitter🙂 Catch ya later!

      • Yes so hop over there next as I have just done🙂 lol
        Twittering away as usual then🙂 lol I am not on Twitter so hard luck🙂 lol Enjoy your twittering times…

        Androgoth XXx

      • I’d already hopped over, unfortunately! If I’d seen your comment first I’d have known I was day ahead of myself, but it won’t show till tomorrow unless a late night W/P session is being had over there which I rather doubt😉
        Just as well you’re not on twitter lol I have enough trouble keeping up with you on here! If you were tweeting as well….lol😉🙂 OK…Icewolfie is gone!!! Oh😉 And what do you reckon to the new “Views by country” in our stat’s? I love it! Very cool😉 Big up to the US!!! They are my greatest fans! Wooo hooooo!!!!😉

      • I haven’t even seen those🙂 lol
        Just shows how ghoul, I mean how
        cool you are at all of this WP stuff🙂

        Keep your paws dry and don’t be getting too
        naughty on your twittering sessions🙂 lol😉

        Androgoth XXx

  13. Wünsche dir liebe Freundin einen wunderschönen Sonntag mit lieben Grüssen von mir Gislinde.

  14. Hi Europa🙂 , Very interesting post. It’s nice to learn from the past projects errors..However nothing can handle the power of nature..🙂 Sometimes a tiny small design mistake can lead to a total failure like the NASA MARINER for example, It tells me that engineers did not spend much time in troubleshooting Hazop study..

    My best Mars project was Phoenix Mars Lander🙂 yeah I know it went successfully, because I was part of the team, including my name was on the DVD; Send your name to Mars😉 ..Do a search in my blog for info

    I wish all the best for current and future projects in this cost cutting world economy today🙂

    Clear Skies

    • Congratulations on your astro-navigation skill Mundhir! It would seem that you have sucessfully managed to escape the dreaded jaws of the Great Galactic Ghoul and negotiate safe passage to Europa without being unceremoniously devoured en-route😉

      The Great Martian Ghoul of human error is a most worrisome human failing…such a waste of complex engineering when it all goes so horribly wrong. Trouble shooting is usually something that is dealt with AFTER the disaster has taken place is it not? lol😉

      So you’ve been part of the Phoenix Mars Lander team?🙂 Involved in a Mars project?🙂 I am suitably impressed! I will be over asap to search your blog as you suggest!! Just keep the Great Galactic Ghoul out of my hair whilst I’m searching ok? lol😉

      Ghoulie Red Skies🙂

  15. Your blog brings me up to date on the idea of exploring Mars very nicely.
    Had no idea it was a popular idea even back in the ’60! Did they have to send a dog up there?
    great article and photos Wolfie!
    always, Eddie

    • I don’t think they’d have sent a dog to Mars😉 It takes a while to get there…dog would probably have passed away by time it reached its destination🙂 Assuming of course, that it didn’t get devoured by some scarey big Martian ghoul first! Now if they were going to send Wolfie… !!!

  16. Merhaba benim güzel arkadaşım Buz :))
    sizi çok özledim..
    güzel dostluk adına çok teşekkür ederim
    iyi geceler ve mutlu bir pazar dileklerimle..
    kendine çok iyi bak benim tatlı arkadaşım
    çok kucak dolusu sevgiler yolluyorum :))

    • Sen benim tatlı arkadaşım Seçil teşekkürler🙂
      Sana bir güzel ve mutlu bir Pazar diliyorum
      Ben yakında blogu ziyaret edilecek
      Çok yoğun bir hafta oldu!
      Aşk ve kucaklama … Buz🙂

  17. I think that it is time for another Icywolfy posting,
    maybe something on… Hey Mythology was on the
    tip of my tongue but as you are so wicked perhaps
    you will add something different, don’t worry about
    a lengthy offering just something wicked will do😉

    Okay another Mythology one then
    seeing as you like them so much🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Remind me not to post comments late at night…lol thanks for the reply but I had to delete my own so you’ll understand that I couldn’t really publish yours either….how ghoul of me😉

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