I always wondered about Darwin’s Beagle. Who chose the name for the exploration ship and why? As a Beagle owner, and watching beagle puppies start to explore their environment, they were spot on. Beagles are particularly adventurous, escape artists who will always push out the boundaries. Loyal to the hand that feeds, trustworthy, calm and reliable – but show me a Beagle owner who has never lost their friend in the great outdoors for several hours, and I’ll be willing to bet they have never let their dog off the leash. Scent hounds, bred to hunt hares, they have selective hearing that can filter out cries for their return, until they are good and ready. Knowing this, those modern Darwins – the Mars mission scientists – might have been better served calling their planetary explorer “Golden Retriever 2”.