Planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger dies aged 70

Professor Colin Pillinger, the planetary scientist best known for Britain's Beagle 2 Mars mission, has died aged 70. He suffered a brain haemorrhage at his home in Cambridge and later died in hospital.

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Family: Pillinger death 'devastating and unbelievable'

The family of planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger told the BBC his death was "devastating and unbelievable".

Planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger died today aged 70. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The pioneering scientist, who was best known for the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, became a professor in interplanetary science at the Open University in 1991.

He also earned a host of other qualifications and numerous awards during his prestigious career.

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