New paper by group member Rhian Jones about extraterrestrial apatite

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A new paper in Elements Magazine about the importance of the mineral apatite in extraterrestrial rocks is co-authored by group member Rhian Jones with colleague Francis McCubbin from the University of New Mexico. Apatite is an important mineral because it … Continue reading

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Houston, you have a problem!

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Houston you have a problem! Two Manchester students are helping to plan a mission to the Moon. So here we (Fran and Dayl) are in Houston, Texas braving the heat, humidity and mosquitos to take our place as interns at … Continue reading

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New paper by group member Katherine Joy about magnetite found on the Moon

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Newly published paper led by group member Katherine Joy discusses the discovery of an oxidised iron mineral found in a sample returned from the Moon by Apollo 16 astronauts.  Working with an international team of collaborators in the US and … Continue reading

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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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