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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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Meteorite smorgasbord

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We were fortunate to have meteorite expert Dr Tony Irving from the University of Washington visit our group at the start of September 2018. Tony is a terrestrial geologist by training, and over the last twenty years has undertaken the … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in the land of ice and fire

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At the end of July Dr Katie Street and myself went back into the field to collect a new selection of samples from Iceland. This mostly involved driving through different regions of Iceland in a 4×4 truck to sample from … Continue reading

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New group paper: Investigating the origin of carbonaceous chondrite organics through oxygen isotopes

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The origin of organic matter found in water- and carbon-rich meteorites, known as carbonaceous chondrites, which formed during the birth of the Solar System around 4.55 billion years ago, may provide important clues to understanding how life originated here on … Continue reading

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First light on new Manchester meteor observation camera

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Earlier this year we installed a new meteor all sky view camera at the University of Manchester. The camera was donated by Jim Rowe to Ashley King, who is a research scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and … Continue reading

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The Moon as a Potential Resource

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The Moon is likely the next destination for human exploration of the Solar System. There will be a need to sustain humans for a long-duration on its surface, and many people are raising some interesting questions about what resources the … Continue reading

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“Manchester, this is Houston. Do you copy?”

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This summer, Ben and I are taking part in the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas. We arrived at the end of May to start the 10-week program which is open … Continue reading

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From Chile to Manchester, and beyond! A lab season at the University of Cambridge

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I’m Javiera, a 2nd year PhD student, originally from Santiago, Chile. I studied my undergrad in Geology at the University of Chile, having the Andes as my training yard. I first came to Manchester in 2015 during my undergrad for … Continue reading

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New group paper: Chlorine isotope composition of Apollo 14 lunar rocks

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Chlorine belongs to a group of elements known as the halogens, which are important tracers to investigate questions related to planet formation processes or habitability, for example (more on that in this previous blog entry on halogens in chondrite meteorites). … Continue reading

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Meteorites in Paris

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There is a currently a fantastic exhibition in the Paris Natural History Museum (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle) on Meteorites: From Sky to Earth. Due to run until mid June this year, with a possible extended run, anyone with an interest in … Continue reading

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