A planned new Beagle 2 mission to Mars may hitch a ride on one of NASA’s space ships to travel to the red planet, scientists involved in the project claimed last night. And experts behind the latest quest to find life on Mars are considering using James Bond to help them succeed this time. Former Swansea University academic and project leader, Professor Colin Pilinger, wants to call the lander “Beagle 2 . . . 007”, as 2007 is when he expects the mission will lift off.