Tag Archives: Solar Wind

NASA’s Genesis Mission: Nitrogen

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Last time we talked oxygen; this week it is nitrogen’s turn. Analysing the isotopic composition of nitrogen in the solar wind was the second highest priority science objective of the Genesis mission. Nitrogen has two stable isotopes: 14N and 15N. … Continue reading

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NASA’s Genesis Mission: Oxygen

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Following on from my last post highlighting the scientific objectives of NASA’s Genesis mission, today I’m going to focus on oxygen. Analysing the isotopic composition of oxygen in the solar wind was the highest priority science objective of the Genesis … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-up 18.04.13

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Hello readers! It’s been a busy week in the world of planetary science and there’s a great deal to tell you about! Without further ado, here are a collection of the amazing stories released this week:     Cosmic Coincidence … Continue reading

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NASA’s Genesis Mission: The Science

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Last year I wrote a few posts about NASA’s Genesis mission, explaining some of the background to the mission and why we need to know more about the original composition of the material our Solar System formed from. I wrote … 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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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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A Jigsaw Puzzle from Space!

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A couple of months ago I wrote about NASA’s Genesis mission, which collected solar wind to return to Earth for chemical analysis. Unfortunately the return to Earth didn’t go quite to plan: the parachutes on the sample return capsule failed … Continue reading

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NASA’s Genesis Mission

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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece on this blog asking the question what is our solar system made of? I explained our need to know the composition of the starting material from which our solar system formed. The … Continue reading

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What is our Solar System made of?

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According to the nursery rhyme, little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dog’s tails, whereas little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice! But what about our solar system? What is that made from? … Continue reading

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