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Mars Pioneer Behind Failed Beagle 2 Mission Passes Away
2014-05-09 04:48:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Colin Pillinger, the British space scientist best known for a failed 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died at the age of 70, his family and colleagues confirmed to various media outlets on Thursday. According to BBC News, Pillinger suffered a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma while at his Cambridge home. He later passed away at Addenbrooke's Hospital without regaining consciousness, his family said in a...

2009-05-27 05:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoSign, the leading Web-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation, with more than 800,000 users worldwide, today announced its selection as a winner of the 2009 WizKids Award from Beagle Research Group, LLC. The WizKids award is presented to emerging software companies that demonstrate new and innovative solutions to business problems encountered in the rapidly changing front office. In conjunction with the award, Beagle...

2009-04-10 12:51:04

The Zoology Museum at Britain's University of Cambridge said it has discovered an egg collected by Charles Darwin during a South American expedition. Researchers at the museum said Darwin was known to have collected 16 bird eggs during his 1831-1836 expedition on the HMS Beagle, but all of the specimens were believed lost until a volunteer discovered one of the eggs in the museum's Darwin collection, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The brown egg, belonging to the Tinamou bird of Uruguay,...

2008-12-18 09:20:00

According to New Scientist, Britain's unlucky Mars probe, Beagle 2, may have met its end due to a miscalculation. The probe, which was built to discover signs of life, disappeared in 2003 on Christmas Day. Scientists at Queensland University believe the probe lost control during a descent due to a miscalculation of the Martian atmosphere. Professor Colin Pillinger, team leader for Beagle 2, welcomed the new theory. "We are as interested as anybody to find out the truth," he said. "But until...

2008-04-17 00:45:00

Charles Darwin's collection of research found its way to the Web on Thursday for the first time.The Web site, Darwin-online.org.uk, showcases the largest collection, amounting to around 20,000 items and 90,000 images, according to the Cambridge University Library, which is home to Darwin's papers.The site also boasts the largest Darwin bibliography ever exhibited, due to the work of R. B. Freeman, and the largest catalogue of manuscripts "“ over 30,000 entries. Users are able to search...

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