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Robert Pearlman
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BBC News reports that British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, best known for his 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, died Wednesday (May 7, 2014). He was 70.
Prof. Pillinger was the driving force behind the Beagle-2 probe, which was built to search for life on Mars.

The little craft was carried piggyback to the Red Planet on a European satellite, but vanished without trace after being dropped off to make its landing.

"It's important to note that Colin's contribution to planetary science goes back to working on Moon samples from Apollo, as well as his work on meteorites," said Dr. David Parker [the chief executive of the UK Space Agency].

"While we still don't know for certain what happened to Beagle-2, I'd say that the project was a turning point in bringing together the space science and industrial communities in the UK — which didn't used to speak with one voice. Beagle-2 wasn't built in Colin's backyard: it was the product of UK brains and hard-work in many companies and universities."

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Prof Pillinger was an amazing man with a passion for astronomy. R.I.P.

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. RIP

Another great British eccentric who had such enthusiasm for his subject.

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