New group paper: QEMSCAN as a method of semi-automated crystal size distribution analysis: Insights from Apollo 15 mare basalts

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The journey a magma takes through the crust and during eruptive processes has been well studied on Earth in places such as in Iceland and Hawaii. However, magmatism is a fundamental planetary-scale process that occurs on many rocky bodies throughout … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: A new look at volatile elements in a carbonaceous chondrite meteorite found on the Moon

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The Moon’s surface is covered by a layer of soil, known as regolith. This is an important boundary between the Moon and the surrounding space environment, where there are records of the Moon’s interaction with the solar wind, cosmic rays … Continue reading

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Introduction to our 1st year PhD student

Hi, my name is Helen and I’m the newest PhD student to join the research group here in Manchester. My project involves trying to understand how rocky planets such as our own came to have such large quantities of carbon, … Continue reading

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Planetary Science Resources

Schools in the UK (and across much of the rest of the world) are closed for the vast majority of children, and we’re all being told to stay at home to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. As many parents … Continue reading

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The LPSC that never was!

Unfortunately due to recent global events, this year the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) was canceled, which means no hot-wings or margaritas for us! Despite the cancellation check out our twitter (@EarthSolarSystm) where we are live tweeting the talks … Continue reading

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National Student Space Conference

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Over the weekend, I attended the 32nd National Student Space Conference, at the University of Birmingham. The event takes place every March and is run by UKSEDS, the society of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. There’s a … Continue reading

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BPSC Highlights

Last week the team headed down to Oxford to attend the 2nd British Planetary Science conference.  It was an excellent showcase of all the the fantastic science that is going on in the UK at the momment, induding talks and … Continue reading

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Lunar eclipse

I’m not really a morning person. After being woken by the alarm every morning during the week, I usually like a bit of a lie in on a Saturday morning. But not yesterday morning, yesterday I was up even earlier … Continue reading

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Atacama meteorite recovery expedition 2019

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In October 2017  Katherine Joy and Romain Tartese from the DEES Isotope Group joined a joint French-Chilean led expedition to the Atacama desert in Chile to search and recover meteorites that will be used for scientific analysis. You can read … Continue reading

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Bubble Experiments at Durham University

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Back in August, I spent 2 weeks with Durham University’s volcanology research group, devising and conducting some experiments. In a nutshell, I was looking at how bubbles behave in a non-Newtonian fluid called hydroxyethyl cellulose solution (HEC solution hereafter), and … Continue reading

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