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New Group Paper: Identifying primitive noble gas components in lunar ferroan anorthosites

The Earth-Moon system is thought to have formed in a volatile-poor environment relative to the outer Solar System. Despite this, measurable quantities of volatile elements have been reported in lunar samples.  These volatiles do not necessarily represent primordial (i.e., original) … Continue reading

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New group paper: A new way to investigate the history of the surface of the Moon.

Zircons (tiny crystals of ZrSiO4) are found in many rocks and are widely used to measure the age of rocks. This is usually done by looking at uranium-lead (U-Pb) and lead-lead (Pb-Pb) ages, both of which rely on radioactive decay … 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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New group paper: Chlorine isotope composition of Apollo 14 lunar rocks

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Chlorine belongs to a group of elements known as the halogens, which are important tracers to investigate questions related to planet formation processes or habitability, for example (more on that in this previous blog entry on halogens in chondrite meteorites). … 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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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: Impact Shock State of the Lunar Highlands

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The Moon is approximately ~4.5 billion years old.  During this time it has experienced significant bombardment from asteroids and comets. Such high-velocity bombardment causes damage to the local bedrock through the passing of high pressure shock waves during the impact … Continue reading

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New Group paper – The Moon: An Archive of Small Body Migration in the Solar System

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The Moon’s surface is absolutely covered in impact craters. These range in size from the behemoth South Pole-Aitken basin, which is a staggeringly ~2500 km in diameter and 13 km deep, all the way down to microscopic impact craters on … 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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How are Apollo samples looked after? No problems here Houston!

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Group members John Pernet-Fisher and Katherine Joy recently visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas to attend the New Views of the Moon 2 symposium, and to undertake some preliminary Apollo science planning work.  The location of NASA’s mission … Continue reading

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