Prof Katherine Joy, University of Manchester
Tuesday 4 October, 6.30pm | Darwin Lecture Theatre
University of Central Lancashire | Free entry
Abstract: The Moon is an archive of impact cratering in the Solar System throughout the past 4.5 billion years. The lunar impact record itself is controversial with several different models proposed to explain past impact flux. This talk will give an overview of the topic and discuss how new chemical and mineralogical analysis of Apollo samples has provided insights to the types of impactors that were striking the Moon, and what the lunar meteorite sample collection is revealing about the timing of lunar impact events.
Speaker: Katherine Joy obtained her PhD at UCL in studies of lunar evolution and was involved in the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 mission to the Moon. She held postdoctoral research positions at Birkbeck College where she studied data from the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission, and at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Centre is the US where she worked with lunar samples.
In 2012 Katherine returned to the UK to work at the University of Manchester where she studies rock and soil returned by the Apollo missions in order to study the Moon’s impact and volcanic record. She recently co-led the first UK team working with the British Antarctic Survey to recover meteorite samples from Antarctica.
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