Hello readers! With the New Year you may notice a series of changes to the blog – we managed to draw in an outstanding 22,000 number of hits last year (Coincidentally, also the number of man-made objects being tracked by NASA as of the latest study). That’s a formidable target to beat but we’re hoping to do even better this year! As part of these changes we are going to start a weekly roundup drawing on the most interesting stories we have found throughout the week involving geochemistry and cosmochemistry.
LPSC Abstract Deadline
Those of you crazy enough to be academics may already know that Tuesday the 8th was the abstract submission deadline for the Lunar and Planetary Research Conference. This year saw a record number of submissions (an amazing 2112 abstracts were submitted!). Registration is now also open and we’re looking forward to presenting the many things we have been working on to everyone in March!
Star Gazing Live!
Last week saw the arrival of the latest installation in the Stargazing Live TV series. The show’s previous successes inspired the BBC to set up a series of public engagement events themed around each of the three episodes. One of which, we had the fortune of presenting at, read all about it in: A Night at Tatton Park with Stargazing Live!
A Curious Update
Earlier this week NASA’s Curiosity Rover began preparing to drill into its first Martian rock. This is the last of the devices aboard the gargantuan rover that has yet to be used. Read more about the aims of this device here: NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill into First Martian Rock
A meteorite found in 2011, nicknamed Black Beauty (or NWA 7034), has been found to contain ten times the amount of water any previous Martian meteorite has contained. This, combined with the fact that the meteorite is significantly older than most currently measured Martian meteorites, may lead to many exciting discoveries about the start of the most recent Martian geological period (The Amazonian period). Read more about it here: Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked to Mars Crust