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After gaining a PhD in chemistry from the University of Swansea, Colin Pillinger was a research fellow at Cambridge University and then at The Open University, before becoming professor in interplanetary science at The Open University, a post he has held since 1991.

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A tale of two Beagles

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A tale of two Beagles Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Oct 2009
Colin Pillinger, Beagle2 project leader, talks about the mission to land a spacecraft on Mars and the search for HMS Beagle, the ship that took...

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A tale of two Beagles Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Comment posted by Ged Ryder on 10th May 2014
Now on a journey even more amazing than Beagle's!!!
A tale of two Beagles Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Comment posted by Fiona Forrest on 8th May 2014
So sorry to hear about Colin. He was a total inspiration and a great communicator. He will be missed.

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What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image Credit: By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
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Video and Transcript - Italian

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Video and Transcript - Italian Copyright free image Credit: By see below [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2015
As part of an international project to get our International Year of Light animation translated into as many languages as possible: the...

Free course: The science of nuclear energy

Free course: The science of nuclear energy Copyrighted image Credit: © Jarous | Dreamstime.com
Updated 19 Jun 2015
Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of nuclear energy? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more...

Managing my investments: your questions answered

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Managing my investments: your questions answered Copyrighted image Credit: Alain Lacroix | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 16 Jun 2015
In these videos, experts Martin Upton, Jonquil Lowe and Janette Rutterford sit down to answer a number of pressing questions learners studying...

Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo Copyright free image Credit: Painting public domain image
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As you'd expect, not impartially....

O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

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O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe? Copyrighted image Credit: Yoyo
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical...

Professor Colin Pillinger's research

James Mortimer et al. (2014) Simultaneous analysis of abundance and isotopic composition of nitrogen, carbon, and noble gases in lunar basalts: insights into interior and surface processes on the Moon, In Icarus

Simona Cornelia Nicoara et al. (2013-11-15) Development and optimization of a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry method for the analysis of thermochemolytic degradation products of phthiocerol dimycocerosate waxes found in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, In Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21(27)

Colin T. Pillinger et al. (2013-07) Light element geochemistry of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, In Geochemistry International 7(51)

James Mortimer et al. (2013-05-22) Investigating the distribution and source(s) of volatiles on the lunar surface, In NLSI Workshop Without Walls: Lunar Volatiles 1

James Mortimer et al. (2013-03-14) Using stable isotope geochemistry to investigate the source(s) of volatiles in the lunar regolith, In Geochemistry Group RiP meeting 2013

Professor Ian Peter Wright et al. (2012) L-VRAP-a lunar volatile resources analysis package for lunar exploration, In Planetary and Space Science 1(74)

D. J. Andrews et al. (2012-09-24) Ptolemy: operations to date as part of the Rosetta mission and plans for the comet encounter, In European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2012

D. J. Andrews et al. (2012-09-16) Ptolemy operations and results during the Lutetia flyby, In Planetary and Space Science(66)

Andrew David Morse et al. (2012-05-03) Rosetta - ESA's comet lander mission, In In-Situ Science and Instrumentation for Primitive Bodies

D. J. Andrews et al. (2012-03) Ptolemy: operations at 21 Lutetia as part of the Rosetta mission and future implications, In 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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