Colin Pillinger: One man and his dog, bound for planet Mars The Independent

The IoS interview: Colin Pillinger, professor of planetary science and inventor of Beagle 2. The year is 1956, and in an ordinary house near Bristol, a boy named Colin Pillinger hunches over the family radio to listen to that week’s episode of Journey into Space. Nearby lies a copy of the Eagle comic, its cover telling the latest instalment of Dan Dare, spaceman.