Tag Archives: Moon

Lunar Meteorites – where are they all?

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Last week we received the news that one of our group members and collaborators have been funded to go meteorite hunting in Antarctica (read more about it here). The expedition is focused around the missing iron meteorites; compared to the other … Continue reading

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Extraterrestrial Materials Research Meeting 2016 – a great success!

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The Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Group of The University of Manchester hosted a meeting on extraterrestrial materials on Tuesday 1st November 2016 at the Manchester Museum. The aim of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the UK planetary science … Continue reading

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New group paper: New lunar meteorites revealing the history of the Moon’s crust

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The following blog has been written by our colleague Abigail Calzada-Diaz from Birkbeck College about a new collaborative paper between Birkbeck College, the Univeristy of Manchester and the Natural History Musuem London published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Most of what we … 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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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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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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The past, present, and future of China’s deep-space exploration

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Today’s blog has been written by PhD student Xiaojia Zeng who is visiting our research group on a scholarship from the the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Xiaojia is researching the geological evolution of several lunar meteorites. Below he outlines Chinese planetary … Continue reading

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What have we learnt from lunar exploration?

There is a new interactive way to explore the Moon! The European Space Agency (ESA) have gathered a range of lunar scientists and exploration experts from across Europe to talk about what we know about the Moon from exploring with robotic … Continue reading

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Scattered Moonlight: Research by members of the Manchester Astronomical Society

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Our friends over at the Manchester Astronomical Society have a new research paper out about using moonlight to understand the mineralogy and geological makeup of the surface of the Moon. —————— Polarimetry of moonlight: a new method for determining the refractive index … Continue reading

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New paper about the lunar crust by group members

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The Lunar Highlands: Old Crust, New Ideas * This new review article by group members John Pernet-Fisher and Katherine Joy outlines how our understanding of lunar crustal formation has evolved over the past few decades. Mankind first set foot on the Moon … Continue reading

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