Author Archives: Katherine Joy

About Katherine Joy

Hello! I am Katherine Joy. I am part of the University of Manchester Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. More details about my research interests can be found at http://www.seaes.manchester.ac.uk/people/staff/profile/?ea=katherine.joy

Mission Cup 2021 Semi-Finalist: Voyager 2 – the wandering mission pushing the limits of exploration

NASA’s Voyager 2 mission was launched in 1977 along with its sister Voyager 1 mission to explore the outer Solar System and beyond. The Voyager 2 spacecraft took in a grand tour of flybys of the Jupiter (in 1979) and … Continue reading

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Public Talks about Planetary Science

If you can’t get out to travel around to visit your local astronomy society or see public talks on topics in Planetary Science don’t worry – there are loads of great places online you can watch / access talks given … 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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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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New group paper: Frozen in Time: Lead isotope fossils in ancient zircons

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This blog post has been written by Prof. Ian Lyon —————————————————————————————– Tiny crystals of zircon (ZrSiO4) are found in many rocks and have become the mineral for measuring the ages of rocks.  This is because zircons contain relatively high amounts … Continue reading

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New paper: Science from Apollo

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We have a new group article out in the Royal Astronomical Society’s Astronomy and Physics journal. For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, working with our colleagues at the European Space Agency and NASA we look back to the Apollo … Continue reading

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New group paper: Liquid water on Mars less than 227 million years ago

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Dr Martin Guitreau, who was based in the SEES Isotope group, has prepared this blog post about his new research paper. ————————————- Two researchers from the University of Manchester (UK), Université Clermont Auvergne (France), Université de Lorraine (France), and CNRS … Continue reading

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Mass Spectrometer 1

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This post was written by Prof. Grenville Turner FRS who set up the Isotope Group when he moved from Sheffield to Manchester in 1986. Grenville was one of the original UK Apollo sample and Luna sample Pricipal Investigators, and has trained … Continue reading

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50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2019

Several of us are off at the end of this week to the 50th LPSC conference in Houston Texas. This meeting will celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission returned samples from the Moon, along with research being presented … Continue reading

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Antarctic meteorite search plans

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We have previously posted about the upcoming UK Antarctic meteorite search expedition that is being led through a collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Antarctic Survey. They are now posting … Continue reading

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