UK astrobiology meeting

The Astrobiology Society of Britain is holding its biannual meeting at University College London (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cps/asb6). All talks are related to finding life outside Earth or how it formed in the first place. The subjects of the talks are therefore very … Continue reading

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Group members heading to Goldschmidt 2015 geochemistry conference

Several of the group will be presenting their research at the annual Goldschmidt conference next week (17-21st August) in Prague. Conferences like Goldschmidt allow us to discuss our research with colleagues across the world, and to meet with collaborators to … Continue reading

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MetSoc social adventure

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Like every good conference MetSoc offered trips out to different destinations for some socialising this afternoon. Choices have been baseball, football (MetSoc cup), wine tasting, or a lab tour which is the one I joined. We visited the advanced light … Continue reading

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MetSoc poster session

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Like every good conference MetSoc has a poster session which is on right now. Posters are often presented when the work is still ‘in progress’ and are also great if you want to have a detailed chat with the experts … Continue reading

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78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

This week is the 78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Berkeley, California, and several members of our group will be presenting their research at the meeting. In fact, I’m writing this while in a big tin can somewhere … Continue reading

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New Horizons and beyond!

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Launched from Cape Canaveral nine years ago, the New Horizons probe is preparing for its monumental flyby of the Pluto system today. The flight of the probe has taken it past the likes of Mars and Jupiter, which provided it … Continue reading

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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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