Welcome to 2020

Phew! The start of the year is always pretty hectic. It’s the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) abstract deadline that brings you back down to Earth after the Christmas and New Year festivities. This year it was 11 pm (UK time) on Tuesday 7th January. In the days leading up to it my email…

The Write Stuff

  In The film The Right Stuff there is a scene that really caught my imagination. Following a spectacular crash there is an inferno of flames. The ambulance crew stares in disbelief as a figure walks stoically out of the swirling smoke. One of the crew says to the other “is that a man?” And after…

A big splash! – water and the giant impact

It is now widely accepted that the Moon formed as the result of a collision between two planet-sized objects. An event generally referred to as the giant impact. But that’s more or less where the consensus ends. There is currently little agreement on the relative size of the colliding bodies or the energy of the…