The UK Space Agency is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Colin Pillinger.
With over 4 decades of experience in space science and research, Colin was involved in a number of high profile space projects including the Apollo programme and Europe’s Rosetta mission. He was lead scientist and consortium leader for the Beagle 2 Mars lander project and carried out numerous consultation activities with NASA and ESA.
Colin began his career with a PhD in chemistry from the University of Swansea. He then became 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. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 and was also well known for his excellent work in science communication.
Dr David Parker, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said:
The UK has lost a true visionary with the death of Professor Pillinger; he was a prominent and influential figure in the UK space sector and will be greatly missed. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.