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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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OU on the BBC: Springwatch - About the programme

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OU on the BBC: Springwatch - About the programme Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2010
In a special edition of Springwatch, Chris Packham reviews evidence gathered by amateur as well as professional phenologists from the 18th century...

Darwin, 'The Origin' and the future of biology

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Darwin, 'The Origin' and the future of biology Copyrighted image Credit: British Council
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Nov 2009
On the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Professor E O Wilson, considered by many as Darwin...

After Darwin

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After Darwin Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2009
Did the abolition of slavery lead on to a movement to abolish slavery of the mind? Jim Moore reflects on how free thinkers took a lead from Darwin ...

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2014
Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject. Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 50 hour...

Professor Colin Pillinger's research

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

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. (2011-09-16) Ptolemy operations and results during the Lutetia flyby, In Planetary and Space Science(66)

Andrew D. 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

Andrew D. Morse et al. (2012-02-20) The Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package, In European Lunar Symposium

Andrew D. Morse et al. (2012) Searching for lunar water: the Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package., In 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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