Category Archives: Space

New paper: Science from Apollo

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We have a new group article out in the Royal Astronomical Society’s Astronomy and Physics journal. For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, working with our colleagues at the European Space Agency and NASA we look back to the Apollo … Continue reading

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Mass Spectrometer 1

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This post was written by Prof. Grenville Turner FRS who set up the Isotope Group when he moved from Sheffield to Manchester in 1986. Grenville was one of the original UK Apollo sample and Luna sample Pricipal Investigators, and has trained … 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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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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How to heat a solar system

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This post was written by Prof Jamie Gilmour Around 4.5 billion years ago the sun formed when part of a huge cloud of gas and dust began to collapse.  If you could go back in time at look at what … 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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50th Birthday of Allende

Last month today marked the 50th birthday of the meteorite Allende. An observed fall in Mexico, this meteorite turned out to be a very special find, often earning the moniker of ‘the best-studied meteorite in history.’ We caught up with … Continue reading

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New group paper: H and Cl isotope characteristics of indigenous and late hydrothermal fluids on the differentiated asteroidal parent body of Grave Nunataks 06128

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With a total mass of ~650 grams, the meteorites Graves Nunataks (GRA) 06128 and 06129 are two large paired stones found by the US ANSMET team during the 2006 season in the Graves Nunataks area of the Transantarctic Mountains. The … Continue reading

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Introductions from our 1st Year PhD students

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Over the past few months, 3 PhD students have joined our research group. Read on to see what projects they’ll be working on during the next 3 years and to find out about upcoming PhD projects starting in 2019. Marissa … Continue reading

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European Space Agency Sample Analogue Curation Facility

I recently visited the European Space Agency (ESA) at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire with Katherine Joy, Romain Tartèse, and fellow PhD student Gunter Just. Harwell is the site of the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), ESA’s … Continue reading

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