U.K. space scientist Colin Pillinger dies at 70

(FILES) - A picture dated December 19, 2003 shows lead Scientist Professor Colin Pillinger clenching his hands while awaiting news of the safe separation of the Beagle 2 spacecraft lander from its orbiter on it's final leg of the journey to Mars at The Royal Geographic Society in London. British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, died on May 8, 2014 at the age of 70, his family said. AFP PHOTO/Adrian DENNIS





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