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New Group paper: The I-Xe chronometer and its constraints on the accretion and evolution of planetesimals

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Q: How do we date the sequence and timing of events in the early solar system? A: Using radiometric dating. Most of you have probably heard of carbon dating, which relies of the radioactive decay of one form of carbon, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rosetta

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Yesterday we bid a fond farewell to the European Space Agency‘s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission, after 12 and a half year hurtling 7.9 billion km through space. The Rosetta spacecraft launched in March 2004, on a 10 year journey to Comet … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission!

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OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer) is NASA’s latest sample return mission, which launches just after midnight tonight. The probe will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, beginning its journey towards the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx will … Continue reading

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79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

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This weekend several members of the group are Berlin-bound for the 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. This annual conference attracts researchers from all over the world and covers various aspects of planetary science, but focuses on studies of … Continue reading

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Bluedot Festival

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This weekend saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival take place at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. The festival takes its inspiration from scientist Carl Sagan who famously described the Earth as a “pale blue dot” in the vast universe. With that in … Continue reading

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Goldschmidt 2016 conference

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Several group members recently presented their latest research findings at the 2016 Goldschmidt conference. This international meeting attracts researchers from all over the world to present the latest findings from across a wide range of geochemistry disciplines (think water pollution to deep Earth … Continue reading

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Summer Events

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Summer 2016  – Euros in France, Olympics in Brazil, ice cream, BBQs and sunscreen. Here at Earth  and Solar System HQ summer 2016 also means some big events for us to look forward to.   Bluedot Festival One of our … Continue reading

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D.I.N.G.U.E 4

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A number of the Earth & Solar System team attended the Developments In Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise (DINGUE, or “Crackpot” in French) conference held in the beautiful city of Nancy in France last week; a chance for scientists to discuss new … Continue reading

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Interested in studying planetary science at university level (and beyond…)?

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Have you always had a fascination with space and wondered how the Earth fits into our understanding of how planets form and evolve through time? Have you ever wondered what the conditions were for life to start and how geological … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2016

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This time last week most of the country was enjoying an extra day off work. Some of us were also grateful for the extra day to get over jet lag before going back to work, having just returned from the … Continue reading

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