Category Archives: Space

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

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As mentioned in a previous blog post (“Manchester this is Houston. Do you copy?”) Sam and I spent 10 weeks of our summer at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston Texas partaking in a graduate internship program. However, … Continue reading

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New group paper: Investigating the origin of carbonaceous chondrite organics through oxygen isotopes

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The origin of organic matter found in water- and carbon-rich meteorites, known as carbonaceous chondrites, which formed during the birth of the Solar System around 4.55 billion years ago, may provide important clues to understanding how life originated here on … Continue reading

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First light on new Manchester meteor observation camera

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Earlier this year we installed a new meteor all sky view camera at the University of Manchester. The camera was donated by Jim Rowe to Ashley King, who is a research scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and … 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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45 years since Apollo 17 – LPSC 2018

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Group members John Pernet-Fisher and Ricci Bahia are back from the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) at the Woodland, Texas.  Hot weather, good Mexican food, and jam-packed talks on planetary science made for a memorable time! Below are … Continue reading

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Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2018

Its mid-March, and we all know what that means… It is almost time for the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), which will be taking place in The Woodlands, Texas next week. Work by several members of our research … Continue reading

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Lego Saturn V

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We got a Lego Saturn V! Like a bunch of 14 year old kids (more like a bunch of 5 year old kids, but the box said suitable for ages 14+!) we’ve been excitedly building it one bag at a … Continue reading

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New group paper about a recently discovered lunar meteorite

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This blog post has been written by PhD student Xiaojia Zeng, who visited the group in 2016 on a Chinese Academy of Sciences placement. Xiaojia previously wrote a great blog for us about China’s lunar exploration programme, and Katie Joy visited … Continue reading

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Once in a Super Red and Blue Moon!

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Red or blue? Its an important question here in Manchester*, and the answer can never be both! However it seems if you’re the Moon you can be red and blue at the same time! But I don’t think that results … Continue reading

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Around the solar system in 3967 characters

This blog post was written by The Planetary Science team in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. ————— Every three years our group applies to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for funds to support our research. As … Continue reading

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