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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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Dissipation of the Solar System’s debris disk recorded in primitive meteorites.

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This post was written by Prof Jamie Gilmour We understand that systems of planets form alongside their parent stars.  Part of a rotating cloud of gas and dust collapses to form a rotating disk.  Most of the material is eventually … 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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50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2019

Several of us are off at the end of this week to the 50th LPSC conference in Houston Texas. This meeting will celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission returned samples from the Moon, along with research being presented … Continue reading

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