Great Galactic Ghoul

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the Great Galactic Ghoul

  1. (humorous) A notional space monster invoked to explain the high failure rate of probes sent to Mars.
    • 2004 September 27, Taylor Dinerman, Is the Great Galactic Ghoul losing his appetite?, in The Space Review:
      Considering the billions of dollars worth of spacecraft that the Great Galactic Ghoul has eaten in the past, the UK’s Beagle 2, at about $70 million, must have seemed like an insignificant little morsel—like eating a couple of grapes, when one really wants to have a T-bone steak.