Everything you need to know about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission!

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OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer) is NASA’s latest sample return mission, which launches just after midnight tonight. The probe will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, beginning its journey towards the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx will … Continue reading

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Autumn 2016 Events

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Hello! After a fun summer, which saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank, a dinosaur wandering round Cheshire in the rain, and trips to Japan and German (yes, I did get my Spaghettieis, 2 in fact!) for conferences, its … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower August 2016 – tonight!

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Early morning of 12th August 2016 – for those of you in the northern hemisphere with clear skies (good luck Manchester folks!) you should be treated to a bumper show of shooting stars from the annual Perseids meteor shower. Earth … Continue reading

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Europlanet RPIF 3D Planetary Imaging Workshop

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Our adventure begins in Holmbury St. Mary: A beautiful town in the Surrey countryside and home to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). Situated in a manor house once belonging to the Guinness family, MSSL is an off-campus department of … Continue reading

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79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

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This weekend several members of the group are Berlin-bound for the 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. This annual conference attracts researchers from all over the world and covers various aspects of planetary science, but focuses on studies of … Continue reading

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Bluedot Festival

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This weekend saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival take place at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. The festival takes its inspiration from scientist Carl Sagan who famously described the Earth as a “pale blue dot” in the vast universe. With that in … Continue reading

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Goldschmidt 2016 conference

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Several group members recently presented their latest research findings at the 2016 Goldschmidt conference. This international meeting attracts researchers from all over the world to present the latest findings from across a wide range of geochemistry disciplines (think water pollution to deep Earth … Continue reading

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New paper: A robotic mission concept to return samples from the Schrödinger basin.

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It has been over 40 years since man last stood on the Moon and returned lunar samples to Earth.  The 12 brave astronauts returned 382 kg of samples (with an extra 0.326 kg from Russian Luna missions), analysis of which … Continue reading

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Summer Events

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Summer 2016  – Euros in France, Olympics in Brazil, ice cream, BBQs and sunscreen. Here at Earth  and Solar System HQ summer 2016 also means some big events for us to look forward to.   Bluedot Festival One of our … Continue reading

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How are Apollo samples looked after? No problems here Houston!

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Group members John Pernet-Fisher and Katherine Joy recently visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas to attend the New Views of the Moon 2 symposium, and to undertake some preliminary Apollo science planning work.  The location of NASA’s mission … Continue reading

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