Professor Colin Pillinger FRS

Head of Planetary and Space Sciences, Open University, and Principal Investigator for the Beagle 2, Mars Express. Professor Pilligner was the Gresham Professor of Astronomy between 1996 and 2000.
Having begun his career on the Apollo Programme, analysing samples of moon rock, Colin is now working with NASA to develop a craft to search for water on the dark side of the moon. The long-term plan is to establish a permanent station at the lunar south pole.
Colin also has an ongoing involvement with ESA's Rosetta mission, seeking to expand our knowledge of the origins of the Solar System. After a ten-year journey the spacecraft is programmed to rendezvous with a comet, drop a lander onto the surface and travel with it towards the sun - sending back a mass of scientific data.

Recent Past Lectures
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Beagle 2 and Beyond

Professor Colin Pillinger FRS
Wednesday, 8 December 2004 - 12:00AM
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Where will it all end?

Professor Colin Pillinger FRS
Friday, 4 February 2000 - 12:00AM
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Millennium Special: The First Christmas

Dr David W. Hughes
Friday, 3 December 1999 - 12:00AM
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Tunguska

Professor Colin Pillinger FRS
Friday, 5 November 1999 - 12:00AM
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Climate Change

Professor Colin Pillinger FRS
Friday, 1 October 1999 - 12:00AM
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What does it take to put a man on Mars?

Professor Colin Pillinger FRS
Friday, 5 March 1999 - 12:00AM