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Professor Colin Pillinger

Professor Colin Pillinger

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First broadcast: Sun 25 Oct 2009

Scientist, Planetary scientist

Kirsty Young's castaway is the scientist Professor Colin Pillinger. A world-class planetary scientist, his first job was for NASA, analysing the lunar samples brought back by Apollo 11. He is best known, though, for being the public face of Beagle 2, the daring mission to search for life on Mars. Although Beagle 2 was unsuccessful, he is adamant that the mission was not a failure. Now it is hoped that the technology developed for the mission to Mars can be used to diagnose TB faster than has ever been possible before.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Elvis Presley

1.

Elvis Presley

A Little Less Conversation

Performer: Elvis Presley

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Al Bowlly

2.

Al Bowlly

I'll String Along with You

Performer: Al Bowlly

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Fat Les

3.

Fat Les

Jerusalem

Performer: Fat Les

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Slade

4.

Slade

Darling Be Home Soon

Performer: Slade

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Nickelback

5.

Nickelback

If Today Was Your Last Day

Performer: Nickelback

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Johnnie Ray

6.

Castaway's favourite

Johnnie Ray

As Time Goes By

Performer: Johnnie Ray

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The Rolling Stones

7.

The Rolling Stones

Salt of the Earth

Performer: The Rolling Stones

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Mercury Rev

8.

Mercury Rev

The Dark is Rising

Performer: Mercury Rev

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Book

Journey into Space by Charles Chilton

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Luxury item

A picture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge

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