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Mission Cup 2021 Semi-Finalist: Voyager 2 – the wandering mission pushing the limits of exploration

NASA’s Voyager 2 mission was launched in 1977 along with its sister Voyager 1 mission to explore the outer Solar System and beyond. The Voyager 2 spacecraft took in a grand tour of flybys of the Jupiter (in 1979) and … Continue reading

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Planetary Science Resources

Schools in the UK (and across much of the rest of the world) are closed for the vast majority of children, and we’re all being told to stay at home to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. As many parents … 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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The Importance of the Moon

We would like to invite you to join us, the Royal Astronomical Society and the organising committee of the European Lunar Symposium for an exciting talk about the Moon with NASA’s Chief Scientist: The Importance of the Moon: Past, Present, … 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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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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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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What is the next phase of human and robotic space exploration activities?

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International space agencies are working together to map out the possible architectures for the next phase of human and robotic exploration activities including to asteroids, the moons of Mars and, eventually Mars itself and beyond. See http://www.globalspaceexploration.org/wordpress/ for more information … Continue reading

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New Horizons and beyond!

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Launched from Cape Canaveral nine years ago, the New Horizons probe is preparing for its monumental flyby of the Pluto system today. The flight of the probe has taken it past the likes of Mars and Jupiter, which provided it … 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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