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Dr. Katherine Joy will be speaking at Bluedot festival about her work with British Antarctic Survey recovering meteorite samples from Antarctica. Meteorites provide us with samples of the Moon, Mars and many different types of asteroids. Studying them has revealed the origin and evolution of the Solar System and the complexities of planetary differentiation and modification. Many thousands of meteorites have now been collected in Antarctica, and most have been found in concentrations at in blue icefields alongside mountain ranges.
This talk will discuss the first UK-led meteorite hunting expedition to Antarctica, which took place over Christmas 2018 working with the British Antarctic Survey. The project seeks to investigate the ‘Lost Meteorites of Antarctica’ hypothesis.
Katherine Joy obtained her PhD 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.