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The Cosmic Cast Season 1

We hope you enjoyed the first season of the Cosmic Cast, thanks to all our guests who came on this year! All our episodes are now available to stream on Spotify and iTunes:   If there are any topics you … Continue reading

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New paper: Science from Apollo

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We have a new group article out in the Royal Astronomical Society’s Astronomy and Physics journal. For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, working with our colleagues at the European Space Agency and NASA we look back to the Apollo … Continue reading

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Bluedot 2019

We’ve all just got back from the Bluedot science and music festival held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. Despite all the rain, we had a great time! Check out our highlights here:     If you want to go next … Continue reading

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New group paper: Liquid water on Mars less than 227 million years ago

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Dr Martin Guitreau, who was based in the SEES Isotope group, has prepared this blog post about his new research paper. ————————————- Two researchers from the University of Manchester (UK), Université Clermont Auvergne (France), Université de Lorraine (France), and CNRS … Continue reading

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Mass Spectrometer 1

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This post was written by Prof. Grenville Turner FRS who set up the Isotope Group when he moved from Sheffield to Manchester in 1986. Grenville was one of the original UK Apollo sample and Luna sample Pricipal Investigators, and has trained … 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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Jonathan Lewis – 2019 Nininger Meteorite Award winner

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Congratulations to Jonathan Lewis who has won the 2019 Nininger Meteorite Award for student research papers. The award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences, as embodied by an original research paper. Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of … Continue reading

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We’re doing a Q&A!!

Got a burning question for a bunch of planetary scientists? On next week’s Cosmic Cast we’ll be doing a Q&A! Comment in the YouTube video below or tweet us a question (@EarthSolarSystm) by Friday and we’ll do our best to … 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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How to heat a solar system

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This post was written by Prof Jamie Gilmour Around 4.5 billion years ago the sun formed when part of a huge cloud of gas and dust began to collapse.  If you could go back in time at look at what … Continue reading

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