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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 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 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
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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
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Felixstowe Suffolk
Show us your Digital Planet Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Comment posted by Adrian on 5th Feb 2013
I listen to the podcast when driving to meetings

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Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture

Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture Copyrighted image Credit: Diane Johnson
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2015
What’s the connection between meteors, iron and Egyptian beads? Dr Diane Johnson, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Faculty of Science,...

Perseus: what’s in a name?

Perseus: what’s in a name? Copyrighted image Credit: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2015
As the Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak, Dr Joanna Paul, a Lecturer in Classical Studies, lifts the lid on the details behind its...

Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture?

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Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture? Copyrighted image Credit: Sequence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Jul 2015
The future of Wales is as exciting as its past. Take our challenge, listen to stories from the locals and get to grips with Welsh culture and...

The Dates of the Buddha

The Dates of the Buddha
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
How accurately can we put a date on the life of the Buddha, and why is it so hard to pinpoint when he lived?

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)

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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