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Colin Pillinger Dies

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Thursday 08 May 2014

This week saw the sad departure of Professor Colin Pillinger. As a planetary scientist he was best known for his 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars. The Beagle 2 probe lost contact with Earth just six days before entering the Martian atmosphere.

Colin Pillinger began his career at NASA as a sample analyst. Throughout the rest of his life he was awarded an array of awards, including a fellowship at the Royal Society, and in 1991 was made professor at the Open University. He was awarded a CBE in 2003. BBC Science Reporter Helen Briggs reflects on his life and career.

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(Photo caption: Professor Colin Pillinger © Graeme Robertson/Getty)

Presenter: Jack Stewart
Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz


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