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.