Planetary scientist Colin Pillinger dies of brain haemorrhage

editorial image

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.