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Tunguska: The hunt goes on

As Space mysteries go things don’t get any bigger than Tunguska! In 1908 something exploded over a remote region of Siberia devastating over 2,000 km2 of forest. Unfortunately, an organised scientific expedition didn’t visit the area until 1927 and were unable to locate any material from the object. We will probably never know for sure…

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Unexpected connections: LPSC 2015

It’s a bit overwhelming really. So much new stuff to take on board. And now there’s less than a week to go. Nerves are getting frayed and a bit of panic is starting to set in. Well, it’s only natural. Next week sees the start of the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in…

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Everything is awesome

In the world of cinema the sequel is generally never quite up to the original. Something is lost second time around. So what about space missions? Do the same rules apply? We are about to find out. The legendary NASA Dawn spacecraft is closing in on Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt, having…

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Chondrules: Big impacts, fast jets and heated discussions

Meteorite scientists are generally a happy, friendly bunch of people. They love nothing better than getting together at meetings and conferences to discuss their latest research results. The mood is always relaxed and laid-back, unless that is, someone brings up the difficult issue of chondrules. Then things can start to get dark and a bit…