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Mission Cup 2021

What is your favourite space mission? We’re hosting #MissionCup2021 over on our @EarthSolarSystm Twitter account from Thursday 4th Feb. Join us to vote for your favourites from midday each day, and help choose which mission will be crowned champion. T-8 … Continue reading

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Introduction to our 1st year PhD student

Hi, my name is Helen and I’m the newest PhD student to join the research group here in Manchester. My project involves trying to understand how rocky planets such as our own came to have such large quantities of carbon, … Continue reading

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The LPSC that never was!

Unfortunately due to recent global events, this year the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) was canceled, which means no hot-wings or margaritas for us! Despite the cancellation check out our twitter (@EarthSolarSystm) where we are live tweeting the talks … Continue reading

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BPSC Highlights

Last week the team headed down to Oxford to attend the 2nd British Planetary Science conference.  It was an excellent showcase of all the the fantastic science that is going on in the UK at the momment, induding talks and … Continue reading

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European Lunar Symposium

The past week a number of us have been at the European Lunar Symposium, here in Manchester. Over 100 scientists from across Europe gathered to discuss all things Lunar. The range of talks was fantastic! From Lunar geochemistry to Lunar … Continue reading

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Jonathan Lewis – 2019 Nininger Meteorite Award winner

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Congratulations to Jonathan Lewis who has won the 2019 Nininger Meteorite Award for student research papers. The award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences, as embodied by an original research paper. Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of … Continue reading

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We’re doing a Q&A!!

Got a burning question for a bunch of planetary scientists? On next week’s Cosmic Cast we’ll be doing a Q&A! Comment in the YouTube video below or tweet us a question (@EarthSolarSystm) by Friday and we’ll do our best to … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: Evidence of chemical heterogeneity within Lunar anorthosite parental magmas

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The Moon’s crust is very old. Formed over 4.3 billion years ago, it represents the primary lunar crust. Made up of a rocks called anorthosite (> 95 modal % Ca-rich plagioclase; see below), it makes up the light-grey areas seen … Continue reading

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Dissipation of the Solar System’s debris disk recorded in primitive meteorites.

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This post was written by Prof Jamie Gilmour We understand that systems of planets form alongside their parent stars.  Part of a rotating cloud of gas and dust collapses to form a rotating disk.  Most of the material is eventually … Continue reading

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The Importance of the Moon

We would like to invite you to join us, the Royal Astronomical Society and the organising committee of the European Lunar Symposium for an exciting talk about the Moon with NASA’s Chief Scientist: The Importance of the Moon: Past, Present, … Continue reading

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