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Professor Colin Pillinger

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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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 By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence under Creative-Commons license
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What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence under Creative-Commons license
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Felixstowe Suffolk
What's your heritage? Map Creative commons image By Mukumbura via Flickr under Creative Commons licence under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Katie on 5th Feb 2013
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust, Tollesbury. Christian Outdoor Activites Centre,
Show us your Digital Planet Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Comment posted by Adrian on 5th Feb 2013
I listen to the podcast when driving to meetings

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Shakespeare Live! From The RSC

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC Copyrighted image Copyright: Royal Shakespeare Company
Updated 13 Apr 2016
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Tennant and Catherine Tate host a live TV event celebrating Shakespeare...

True stories of the 1975 EEC Referendum

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True stories of the 1975 EEC Referendum Creative commons image
Duration 2 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
As the UK prepares to vote on our future in Europe, what happened last time the public was asked? We've dug through the archives to find some...

60 second adventures in microgravity

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60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity...

Open Minds : Are emotions driving better university courses?

Open Minds : Are emotions driving better university courses? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Mar 2016
Join us at the OU in Milton Keynes or online as we host an enlightening talk exploring the question of whether emotions are driving better...

What's space expanding into?

What's space expanding into? Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA
Updated 23 Mar 2016
You can try imagining curved four-dimensional spacetime, but it might be a bit easier to start with some ants.

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(255)

Colin T. Pillinger et al. (2014-06-12) The Danebury Iron Age meteorite—An H5 ordinary chondrite “find” from Hampshire, England, In Meteoritics and Planetary Science 6(49)

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

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