NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Capsule – A new era of space travel?

As many of you know, a large area of our group’s research is based around extra-terrestrial materials; interplanetary dust particles, meteorites and lunar rocks to name just a few. As such, we are highly interested in the future of manned space flight to allow Continue reading

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Understanding Saturn’s Hexagon

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Students at the University of Manchester have been investigating the formation and persistence of Saturn’s Hexagon: a hexagonal wind pattern, 3 times the size of earth, near the north pole in the atmosphere of Saturn. Saturn’s Hexagon first caught my … Continue reading

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New publication by group member Matthias Willbold about ancient Earth rocks

A new paper published by group member Dr. Matthias Williold and colleagues about Tungsten isotopes of the Acasta Gneiss Complex is available online. You can access the paper (for free!) at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X15001260 Tungsten isotope composition of the Acasta Gneiss Complex M. Willbold, S.J. … Continue reading

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New paper in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta

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As something new on our blog, we thought we’d start updating readers when new papers or conference abstracts from the group are published. As many papers are published open access, the majority of our papers should be available online to … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2015

This week seen scientists from around the world gathering in Houston for the analyser Lunar and Planetary Science Conference This is the largest conference in the field – as of this morning just over 1700 people had registered. And the … Continue reading

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Catch a Shooting Star

A couple of weeks ago a couple of our colleagues from The Open University came up to Manchester to discuss a new exhibition at the Manchester Museum – Catch a Shooting Star. You can read more about the plans for … Continue reading

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Open Science

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Most people with a passing interest in technology will be familiar with the concept of “open source” products. This is where all the inner details of a piece of software or technological work is shared openly with anybody wishing to … Continue reading

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Lunar Mission One

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You may have seen news stories about a new crowdsourcing venture to develop a mission to visit the Moon called Lunar Mission One. They are trying to raise funds to start an industry study to develop a robotic lander on … Continue reading

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Impact Craters on Earth – Bosumtwi in Ghana

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The great thing about being a geologist is that you often get to travel around the world to do fieldwork or visit a museum or attend a research conference. Sometimes the reverse situation happens – when you are on holiday … Continue reading

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Manchester Science Festival 2014

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Hello readers! Sorry we’ve been so quiet recently. Busy busy in the lab, with very little time to catch up on other things. Just a quick note to remind you that the Manchester Science Festival begins today, and there’ll be … Continue reading

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