Tag Archives: Asteroids

New Group Papers about the Behaviour of Fluids on the Parent Bodies of Ordinary Chondrite Meteorites

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones ————————————————————————— Ordinary chondrites are the most common type of meteorite that lands on the Earth. They are pieces of asteroids that were knocked free by collisions, and then wandered … Continue reading

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New Group Paper about the Origin of Chondrules

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones —————————————— Chondrules are small round stony beads that are the main component of chondrite meteorites. They date to within about 2 million years of the formation of the solar … 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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NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion Capsule – A new era of space travel?

As many of you know, a large area of our group’s research is based around extra-terrestrial materials; interplanetary dust particles, meteorites and lunar rocks to name just a few. As such, we are highly interested in the future of manned … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-up 11.04.13

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Hello readers! Welcome to this week’s news round-up. We’ve had a very exciting week here in Manchester, including receiving a variety of new and interesting samples. Sadly, the spectrometers are still not working completely but we are several steps closer to getting … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-up 07.02.13

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Welcome to this week’s News Round-up! We hope you’ve had a week that’s been as eventful as ours has. I for one am a step closer to having a working spectrometer- I’ll be writing more about that in the coming … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-Up 24.01.13

Hello readers! Welcome to this week’s Weekly News Round-up, a collection of the most interesting news articles our research group has been reading this week. To give a bit more information about how we are planning on running this segment … Continue reading

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A Night at Tatton Park with Stargazing Live!

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Hello Readers! Last week heralded the latest three programs of the BBC Stargazing Live TV show. New to this series were a variety of events run in tandem with the shows across the UK. We had the privilege of taking … Continue reading

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Hayabusa: A Peregrine Falcon from Japan landing in Manchester

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Just a few weeks ago it was announced that scientists in our research group at the University of Manchester are among only 11 selected international groups to be allocated a number of sought after particles returned by the Hayabusa mission! This … Continue reading

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One and a half minutes of fame!

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We’re going to be on TV!!! Following the recent announcement about mining asteroids, the BBC’s Newsround visited our labs this morning. They asked us what is it that’s in asteroids that makes them so valuable and whether this project is … Continue reading

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