Author Archives: Sam Bell

About Sam Bell

I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester studying lunar basalts. I use the chemistry and textures of crystals to better understand processes which occurred as magma made its way through the lunar crust and erupted onto the surface of the Moon.

Mission Cup 2021: Apollo 15 – Another giant leap for mankind

On the 26th July 1971, the Apollo 15 mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with David Scott (commander), Alfred Worden (command module pilot) and James Irwin (lunar module pilot) on board. A few days later, the Apollo 15 lunar lander … Continue reading

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New group paper: QEMSCAN as a method of semi-automated crystal size distribution analysis: Insights from Apollo 15 mare basalts

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The journey a magma takes through the crust and during eruptive processes has been well studied on Earth in places such as in Iceland and Hawaii. However, magmatism is a fundamental planetary-scale process that occurs on many rocky bodies throughout … Continue reading

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“Manchester, this is Houston. Do you copy?”

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This summer, Ben and I are taking part in the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas. We arrived at the end of May to start the 10-week program which is open … Continue reading

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