Tag Archives: Lunar rocks

New paper: A robotic mission concept to return samples from the Schrödinger basin.

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It has been over 40 years since man last stood on the Moon and returned lunar samples to Earth.  The 12 brave astronauts returned 382 kg of samples (with an extra 0.326 kg from Russian Luna missions), analysis of which … 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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UKPF 13th Early Careers Planetary Scientists Meeting

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Last Friday several of the group headed out of the lab for a day packed full of space…science. It was the UK Planetary forum’s 13th Early Career Planetary Scientists’ Meeting held at the University of Leicester. The annual meeting is … 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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outReaching the new generation of planetary scientists

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Hello readers!! This past month Sarah, Mark and myself have had the pleasure of being involved in two secondary school visits to SEAES, both year 8 classes. Now I say pleasure but being both mine and Marks first school visits, … Continue reading

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Did we really land on the Moon? What the rocks tell us…

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This has been a controversial topic ever since Neil Armstrong took those famous first steps on the Moon back in 1969. Now rather than discuss the conspiracy and ‘hoax’ theories that are always put out there I figured I’d go … Continue reading

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Never stop Exploring – Why do we study the Moon?

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First off I’ll let you into a secret, my names Natalie and I’m a lunar geologist. You guessed it, I study moon rocks, and by rocks I mean small samples of grains and ‘dust’, but awesome nevertheless. My job here … Continue reading

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Meteorite Day

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Meteorite Day, a part of the Manchester Science Festival, was an all together resounding success! Before I get into the details of everything we did that day, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made … Continue reading

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Girls Night Out

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Saturday was a busy day! After the Science Spectacular at Manchester University, we  re-packed all our kit and headed out to Jodrell Bank to take part in their Girls’ Night Out (Under The Stars). Billed as a girls’ night out … Continue reading

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