The first touchdown on the farside of the Moon – the China Chang’e-4 mission

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Today’s blog is written by PhD student Nian Wang, who is visiting our group for 6 months from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) in Beijing. Nian’s work deals with the geological evolution … Continue reading

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Antarctic meteorite search plans

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We have previously posted about the upcoming UK Antarctic meteorite search expedition that is being led through a collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Antarctic Survey. They are now posting … Continue reading

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Earth and Solar System on Instagram

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Just a quick post to let you know that we’re branching out into the world of Instagram – so if you like pictures of rocks, space rocks, and general earth and planetary science related goodness why not checkout our new … Continue reading

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A pit stop geological tour of the West Coast of America!

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This summer, Sam, Ben, Brad (Ben’s brother) and I decided to go on a road trip around the West Coast of America after Sam and Ben had finished taking part in the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program at the Lunar … Continue reading

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“Manchester, this is Houston. Do you copy?” Part Two

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As mentioned in a previous blog post (“Manchester this is Houston. Do you copy?”) Sam and I spent 10 weeks of our summer at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston Texas partaking in a graduate internship program. However, … Continue reading

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Meteorite smorgasbord

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We were fortunate to have meteorite expert Dr Tony Irving from the University of Washington visit our group at the start of September 2018. Tony is a terrestrial geologist by training, and over the last twenty years has undertaken the … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in the land of ice and fire

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At the end of July Dr Katie Street and myself went back into the field to collect a new selection of samples from Iceland. This mostly involved driving through different regions of Iceland in a 4×4 truck to sample from … Continue reading

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New group paper: Investigating the origin of carbonaceous chondrite organics through oxygen isotopes

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The origin of organic matter found in water- and carbon-rich meteorites, known as carbonaceous chondrites, which formed during the birth of the Solar System around 4.55 billion years ago, may provide important clues to understanding how life originated here on … Continue reading

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First light on new Manchester meteor observation camera

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Earlier this year we installed a new meteor all sky view camera at the University of Manchester. The camera was donated by Jim Rowe to Ashley King, who is a research scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and … Continue reading

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The Moon as a Potential Resource

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The Moon is likely the next destination for human exploration of the Solar System. There will be a need to sustain humans for a long-duration on its surface, and many people are raising some interesting questions about what resources the … Continue reading

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