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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
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 Eric Hartney on 5th Feb 2013
my great-grandfather Duncan McLellan and his wife Flora McLaughlin came to Canada in 1820 from Lochgilphead Argyleshire.

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The 2015 UK election result: A view from Australia

The 2015 UK election result: A view from Australia Creative commons image Credit: Andrew Parsons/The Conservative Party under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Updated 08 May 2015
Writing for The Conversation, Brian McNair shares his personal view of what the surprise majority for the Conservatives might mean for the people...

Wastemen: The Home Front

Wastemen: The Home Front Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 07 Apr 2015
In the first of the series, Christmas is coming. And the most magical time of the year brings with it enormous strains for the Newcastle teams...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

Exploring Philosophy with The Open University

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Exploring Philosophy with The Open University Copyrighted image Credit: Yuryz | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Apr 2015
Our course 'Exploring Philosophy' considers fundamental questions from six core areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and...

Breadline Britain

Breadline Britain Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Mar 2015
Research suggests that the next five years will see more people in the UK in poverty.  

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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