Blur rocker Alex James is ready to swap music for a career as a full-time space scientist.

The bassist combined his two great loves when he composed the signature tune of British space project BEAGLE 2 that was due to touch down on Mars on Christmas Day (25DEC) 2003, but lost contact and disappeared.

Now he's planning a new project with PROFESSOR COLIN PILLINGER, the man behind Beagle 2.

James says, "We're hoping to travel the world collecting samples of meteorites from famous landings and are in discussion with a guy who was hit in the arm by a meteor."

22/06/2005 14:00