Monthly Archives: March 2011

Meteorites and their impact

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Studying the chemistry of meteorites can help answer fundamental questions about the Solar System such as: How old is the Solar System? What sort of materials did the Solar System form from? What were the chemical and physical conditions like … Continue reading

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RELAXing in the lab

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RELAX is an instrument used to measure xenon isotope ratios. Contrary to popular believe, this does not mean we sit around the lab with our feet up all day! RELAX stands for Refrigerator Enhanced Laser Analyser for Xenon. It is … Continue reading

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Blogging from LPSC – Hayabusa Day

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Hayabusa was a Japanese mission to return material from an asteroid, Itokawa.  Its long story was a series of major problems, mainly overcome,  but until the sample collector was opened, it wasn’t known whether Hayabusa returned any sample at all.  … Continue reading

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Blogging from LPSC and the Decadal Survey

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Who would have thought there were so many planetary scientists in the world?  I don’t know how many are here in total, but I estimated that there were about 1100 in the room to hear about NASA’s priorities for future … Continue reading

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42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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This week a number of us are at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in Houston, Texas. This annual meeting brings together scientists from around the world to discuss the latest research in all aspects of planetary science. … Continue reading

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Helium-3 as a Source Tracer for Micronutrients

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Using noble gases and tritium to identify trace metal sources and scavenging in the oceans Trace metals include elements such as zinc, lead, nickel, manganese, iron, copper, cobalt, chromium and aluminium. They are also known as micronutrients as they are … Continue reading

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Stardust workshop at Timber Cove, California (Feb. 4 to 9, 2011)

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The focus of this meeting was to discuss recent results from the Stardust mission which was the first space mission ever to collect and return cometary material (from comet 81P/Wild 2) and contemporary interstellar dust in 2006. Material collection was … Continue reading

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