THE BEAGLE MISSION TO MARS HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY COLLIN PILLINGER'S LIFE LONG VISION.
I was a Bristol boy, and some way inspired by the fact Sir Bernard Lovell built the Jodrell bank telescope, and first told the world about Sputnik, and I remember seeing his names on the school honours board, and that he was in the public eye, and something must have rubbed off on me from these times.
Jodrel rostrum and radio telescope,
Pillinger in lab shot.
AS AN ORGANIC CHEMIST AT UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL, THE SPACE RACE MADE COLLIN PILLINGER INTO A NEW BREED OF ROCK STAR.
Pillinger at desk.
Today we are going to see a selection of the techniques which have been developed in our laboratory to study the chemistry of the moon. I began my career looking for life on the moon.
Moon Face Zoom.
We've discovered the carbon in lunar samples originates from the sun. And it may sound very strange these days, but then people believed that in the mare regions, the dark regions, were dried up sea beds, and there could have possibly been evidence of organic molecules, left over from materials, organisms, or species that live in that water.
Moon Zoom Out