Space scientist Prof Colin Pillinger has died

Planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, who was known for his Beagle 2 Mars mission, has died aged 70. Prof Pillinger ended his academic career at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

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Blur star pays tribute to space scientist

Blur star James Credit: PA

Alex James from Blur, who worked with Prof Pillinger on the Beagle 2 project, has paid tribute to the scientist

The Essex musician-turned-farmer helped to finance the space project and the band created the probe's call sign.

"Colin had the rare gift of being able to make things that were complicated and ambitious seem simple and achievable. We need more scientists like that. He was unique, and I will miss him."

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