Friends of the RAS (only) Lecture: The History of the Solar System Revealed by Lunar Samples

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The History of the Solar System Revealed by Lunar Samples
Dr Louise Alexander, Birkbeck University
RAS Lecture Theatre (no booking required - Friends of the RAS only) The surface of the Moon has been exposed to the space environment since the formation of the Earth-Moon system approximately 4.5 billion years ago and contains a valuable archive of information about early Solar System processes. This talk will examine how samples returned from the lunar surface can provide information not only about the Moon, but also about the Earth, the Solar System and the Galaxy. Louise is a postdoctoral researcher in planetary science at Birkbeck, University of London. She is interested in planetary materials and what we can learn from their composition and I am currently analysing some Apollo samples returned from the Moon. The aim of her research is to assess the potential value of lunar samples for galactic astronomy. Link to department webpage: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/geology/our-staff/louise-alexander
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