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Professor Colin Pillinger Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University

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
Comment posted by Jackdusty on 5th Feb 2013
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What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image Credit: By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Comment posted by Katie on 5th Feb 2013
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust, Tollesbury. Christian Outdoor Activites Centre,
What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image Credit: By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Comment posted by Jackdusty on 5th Feb 2013
Felixstowe Suffolk
What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image Credit: By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Comment posted by Katie on 5th Feb 2013
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust, Tollesbury. Christian Outdoor Activites Centre,
What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image Credit: By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Comment posted by George Joseph Spears on 5th Feb 2013
Ihave traced my family to here. One of my greatgrandfathers by the name of Issiac Speer came from Renfrewshire Scotland. This probably explains my fascination of Scotland.

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What are you capable of?

What are you capable of? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Mar 2015
Have you ever thought about just how far you could go if you had the tools and opportunities? Let us help in seven easy steps. 

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 4

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 4 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2015
In the final part of  Inside the Commons, battles break out over the future of the House.

Managing my money: Your questions answered

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Managing my money: Your questions answered Copyrighted image Credit: Alan Mather | Dreamstime.com
Updated 09 Feb 2015
Martin Upton and Jonquil Lowe sit down to discuss some of the questions raised by learners studying Managing My Money.

Landing on a Comet: What we found from Rosetta and how we are applying it on Earth

Landing on a Comet: What we found from Rosetta and how we are applying it on Earth Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 03 Feb 2015
Speakers from The Open University's Science Faculty discuss what we found from Rosetta and how we are applying it on Earth. 

Professor Colin Pillinger's research

James Mortimer et al. (2014-10-19) 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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