Planetary scientist Colin Pillinger dies of brain haemorrhage

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Space scientist, Colin Pillinger, who ended his academic career at Milton Keynes’ Open University, has died.

Professor Pillinger, best known for the Beagle 2 Mars mission suffered a brain haemorrhage and fell into a deep coma at the age of 70.

His family released a statement, which said his death was ‘devastating and unbelievable’.

The dad-of-two had been diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in May 2005 and is said to have been experiencing difficulty walking for two years.

The Open University will be releasing a statement later today.

 

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