Author Archives: Jennifer Claydon

About Jennifer Claydon

I'm a PhD student studing xenon in meteorites. I am interested in what the chemical and physical environment of the early solar system was like. I also study the timing of events in the early solar system.

LPSC 2012

Well we made it!!! After hours of delayed flights, missed connections, fully booked alternatives, planes turned back due to faulty toilets, no sleep and extremely bad treatment at the hands of US Airways we got to Houston! 5 of us … Continue reading

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Moroccan Meteorite from Mars!

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Scientists have confirmed that a meteorite seen to fall in Morocco, July 2011 came from Mars! The meteorite has been called Tissint after the village near where it was found.  Most meteorites are “finds” rather than “falls” (seen falling) and very … Continue reading

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Meet the Cosmochemists @ MOSI (Saturday 5th November)

If you missed us last week or want to see us again to learn more about cosmochemistry and take part in space related activities we will be at MOSI on Saturday as part of their “Meet the Scientist” series. We … Continue reading

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Manchester Science Festival 2011 – We’ll be there 28th October

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A group of us will be at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry tomorrow (28/10) as part of Manchester Science Festival 2011, the country’s most popular science festival. Come along to see moon rock up close, hold meteorites over … Continue reading

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Getting out of the lab and into the classroom

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A couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to my old secondary school (Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough, Leicestershire) to talk to three classes of Key Stage 4 (GCSE) students about meteorites and what they can tell us … Continue reading

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Meteorites and Mummies

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One of the talks at the Meteoritical Society Conference this year was a bit different. Diane Johnson from the Open University used non-destructive techniques to define and analyse an ancient Egyptian iron bead (3300 BCE). The bead had been excavated … Continue reading

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All the fun of the conference: Met Soc 2011

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It wasn’t all hard work… The 74th Meteoritical Society Conference was held in the spectacular Old Naval College in Greenwich. The buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren as the Royal Hospital for Seaman and were built on the former site of … Continue reading

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It’s conference season..!

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We’ve all been very busy here getting our results ready to present at two big scientific conferences. Most of our group will be attending either the 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society and/or Goldschmidt 2011 over the next couple … Continue reading

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Dawn at Vesta

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As dawn is breaking on the UK tomorrow the Dawn spacecraft will have begun its year-long orbit of the asteroid Vesta. Data will start being gathered in August. Dawn is a ground-breaking mission, the first to orbit a main-belt asteroid … Continue reading

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Hold up on Mars exploration delays sample return mission

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In February our bloggers were at LPSC reporting on the Decadal Survey that sets out NASA’s planetary exploration priorities for the next decade. Top of the list was a Mars rover and a Mars sample return mission. Achieving this depends on a partnership between … Continue reading

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