Author Archives: Torsten Henkel

About Torsten Henkel

I'm a research assistant at the University of Manchester studying mainly presolar grains but also comets and solar wind. I have been heavily involved in building two time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometers in our labs which is my main instrument to analyze samples.

ASB6 – Recap

Three days of talks and discussion are over and I’m on the train back home so its time for a recap. Astrobiology is a very diverse subject but can pretty much be summarised in three questions: Where do we come … Continue reading

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UK astrobiology meeting

The Astrobiology Society of Britain is holding its biannual meeting at University College London (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cps/asb6). All talks are related to finding life outside Earth or how it formed in the first place. The subjects of the talks are therefore very … Continue reading

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MetSoc social adventure

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Like every good conference MetSoc offered trips out to different destinations for some socialising this afternoon. Choices have been baseball, football (MetSoc cup), wine tasting, or a lab tour which is the one I joined. We visited the advanced light … Continue reading

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MetSoc poster session

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Like every good conference MetSoc has a poster session which is on right now. Posters are often presented when the work is still ‘in progress’ and are also great if you want to have a detailed chat with the experts … Continue reading

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LPSC coming to an end

It’s the last session on the last day and numbers are dwindling as usual. Just the interested people in each session but the science is still as good as on the first day even though many people have left early … Continue reading

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Chondrules continued

If you remember my old blog from almost two years ago about chondrule formation when you might not be surprised that we had some more of the “entertaining” discussions this morning. The chondrule session was on and they scheduled the … Continue reading

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First talks at LPSC 2014

It is the time of the year again when planetary scientists come together in Houston to discuss their latest findings from meteorites to impact craters, from remote sensing to rover missions. It is the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held … Continue reading

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Forming Chondrules

Yesterday’s chondrule session has seen some heated discussions about the formation of chondrules. There seem to be two opposing sides which don’t agree with each other at all and a lot of neutral people are thinking that a mixture of … Continue reading

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75th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting

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Hello from Cairns (again). This week we are attending the Meteoritical Society meeting. The meeting is the one place to be if you are studying meteorites or anything closely related. The subjects of the 21 oral sessions include presolar grains, … Continue reading

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C and N isotopes in presolar grains and stars

Reporting from NIC 2012: Planetary scientists have been analysing stellar dust found in primitive meteorites for around 25 years now. Among the most analysed grains are the SiC grains, which are characterised by their Si, C and N isotope ratios. … Continue reading

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