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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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Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust, Tollesbury. Christian Outdoor Activites Centre,
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Felixstowe Suffolk
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Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

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Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen Creative commons image By By jonl1973 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chigley/2682089366/) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying difficulties in father-son relationships...

Brady’s Rogue Reagent?

Brady’s Rogue Reagent? Creative commons image Ccroberts at English Wikipedia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Nov 2016
Why are schools inviting the bomb squad to explode chemicals in their cupboards? The OU's Nick Power explains.

OpenLearn Live: 7th November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 7th November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Library Of Congress
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Nov 2016
The President whose inaugural address killed him and Theresa May visits India. Free learning across the day.

Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind

Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind Creative commons image Dino Gravato under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Updated 01 Nov 2016
Nirvana's album Nevermind - and the subsequent suicide of Kurt Cobain - has turned a grunge statement into a cash machine. Can research tell us how?

US Election 2016: A last week reading list

US Election 2016: A last week reading list Creative commons image Nathan Rupert under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Nov 2016
From people sharing the candidates' names to a view from Germany: A short collection of differing perspectives as the American election reaches its...

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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