Tag Archives: Lunar

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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National Student Space Conference

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Over the weekend, I attended the 32nd National Student Space Conference, at the University of Birmingham. The event takes place every March and is run by UKSEDS, the society of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. There’s a … Continue reading

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European Lunar Symposium

The past week a number of us have been at the European Lunar Symposium, here in Manchester. Over 100 scientists from across Europe gathered to discuss all things Lunar. The range of talks was fantastic! From Lunar geochemistry to Lunar … 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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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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“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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BPSC and UKPF conferences, Glasgow 2017, from the perspective of an undergraduate

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This blog post was written by Zoe Morland, a 3rd year undergraduate student on the Geology with Planetary Science course. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Last week I embarked on … Continue reading

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New Group Paper: Meteorites from the lunar highlands

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The Apollo missions visited 6 geologically complex sites of interest on the lunar surface during the 1969-1972 period and brought back around 382 kg of samples back to Earth for analysis. This amount of material has provided an idea of how … 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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Chang’e 3 Lift-off TODAY!!! Journey to the Moon

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Today will hopefully mark a great day for lunar science and space exploration!! China’s Chang’e 3 mission was scheduled to launch at 1.30am Monday morning (17.30 Sunday, British time). If the mission is successful it will be the first time … Continue reading

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