Author Archives: Dayl Martin

About Dayl Martin

I'm currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Manchester studying lunar meteorites and minerals using mid-infrared light. Particular interests of mine are lunar rocks and minerals, geological mapping and spectroscopy of planetary surfaces and the formation and evolution of the Moon. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail. Happy reading!

Lunar Meteorites – where are they all?

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Last week we received the news that one of our group members and collaborators have been funded to go meteorite hunting in Antarctica (read more about it here). The expedition is focused around the missing iron meteorites; compared to the other … Continue reading

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Europlanet RPIF 3D Planetary Imaging Workshop

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Our adventure begins in Holmbury St. Mary: A beautiful town in the Surrey countryside and home to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). Situated in a manor house once belonging to the Guinness family, MSSL is an off-campus department of … 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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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 … Continue reading

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The ‘Plutonium Problem’

Hello Readers!  Following the exciting news of the Chang’e 3 successfully landing on the moon, I thought I’d focus a little more on what is powering the little rover as it makes its way over the lunar surface. Chang’e 3 … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Adventures in Houston: Part 2

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Hello readers! It has been almost 8 weeks since my last post and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown! It is now my final week in Houston and my project is coming to an end. Last week was … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Adventures in Houston – Part 1

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Houston, we have liftoff – welcome to my first ever blog! My name is Dayl Martin and I am a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester. I have just completed my third year of the four year MEarthSci … Continue reading

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