Mission Control

Comet Hartley 2 imaged by the Deep Impact spacecraft on 4th November 2010. This highly active comet is the subject of a special session at this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. (Image: NASA) You might notice an increase in the number of space-related stories in the media over the next week or so. The…

Are we nearly there yet?

(Image: Wikimedia) It has now been well over a week since I made the last entry on this blog. Sorry about that! But I do have a good excuse. Well, sort of a good excuse anyway. It is now only a few days until the start of the Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting (MetSoc) in New…

Non-Identical Twins

Not quite Venus! Somewhere nice in Aussois, France (image Maurienne-tourisme) We may have to wait a bit before we have samples from Venus (see last entry), but that doesn’t stop us finding out a lot more about our twin planet, thanks to ESA’s Venus Express probe. Twin planet! Well I guess that’s pushing it a…

New York, New York

So last Thursday lunchtime, a group of us, armed with cake and sandwiches, met to take a first look at the talks and posters to be presented at the Meteoritical Society Meeting, to be held in New York later this summer. As is usual practice, each presentation is summarised in a short abstract and it…