Marsforschung auf Spitzbergen

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Planetologen um Prof. Harald Hiesinger sind vom 12. bis 28. Juli auf Expedition im Nordpolarmeer

Auf den ersten Blick hat die Landschaft auf Spitzbergen mit dem Mars nichts gemeinsam. Für Geologen ist die Forschung auf der norwegischen Inselgruppe jedoch eine gute Gelegenheit, mehr über den Roten Planeten zu lernen. "Auf dem Mars ist es ähnlich wie auf Spitzbergen trocken und kalt, die Oberfläche ist eine Eiswüste", erklärt Harald Hiesinger, Professor für geologische Planetologie am Institut für Planetologie der WWU.
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Jupiter is the oldest planet of the Solar System

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Cosmochemists from Münster precisely date Jupiter’s formation for the first time

Jupiter is not only the largest planet of the Solar System, but it is also the oldest, say researchers from the University of Münster...

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Graduation of Gerrit Budde

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Gerrit Budde successfully defended his PhD thesis. Hearty congratulations!

Gerrit's thesis was on the origin of chondrules and the genetic heritage of meteorites. Members of the committee were Prof. Sara Russell (Natural History Museum London), Prof. Klaus Mezger (Univerity of Bern), Prof. Erik Scherer (WWU) und the thesis supervisor, Prof. Thorsten Kleine (WWU).

Graduation of Maximilian Matthes

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Maximilian Matthes successfully defended his PhD thesis. Hearty congratulations!

The dissertation was on the chronology of differentiated planetesimals. Members of the committee were Prof. Harry Becker (FU Berlin), Prof. Ingo Leya (Univeristy of Bern), Prof. Erik Scherer (WWU) and the thesis supervisor Prof. Thorsten Kleine (WWU).

Graduation of Hannes Bernhardt

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Hannes Bernhardt successfully defended his PhD thesis. Hearty congratulations!

The dissertation was on the Geology and History of the Hellas and Argyre basins and their Implications for the Geologic und Climatic Evolution of Mars. Members of the committee were Prof. Harry Hiesinger, Prof. Addi Bischoff (WWU) and Prof. Ralf Jaumann (DLR). Prof. Harry Hiesinger (WWU) and Dr. Dennis Reiss (WWU) were the thesis supervisors.

WWU-Planetologen erhalten Förderung für Merkur-Mission

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Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt stellt 2,6 Millionen Euro für Infrarot-Spektrometer zur Verfügung

Die Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) ist erneut an einer spektakulären Weltraumission beteiligt. Um die Rätsel des Merkur zu lösen, planen die Europäische Weltraumorganisation ESA und die Japanische Raumfahrtagentur JAXA den Planeten in der Weltraummission "BepiColombo" mit zwei Sonden zu erkunden. An Bord der Europäischen Sonde ist das thermale Infrarot-Spektrometer "MERTIS". Es wird unter der Federführung von Prof. Dr. Harald Hiesinger und seinem Team am Institut für Planetologie der WWU betreut.

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Early arrival of water on Earth - new publication in "Nature"

Water on Earth is the precondition for life as we know it. But where does it come from, and how long has it been here? Using precise isotope measurements researchers at the Institute for Planetology show that water arrived early during the main stages of Earth’s accretion, and not, as is often assumed, as part of the 'late veneer'. Their findings have been published in the latest issue of the journal "Nature".

The work was carried out as part of the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 170 entitled "Late accretion onto terrestrial planets" and was supported with funding from the German Research Foundation.

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Earth contains more dust from red giant stars than primitive meteorites - publication in "Nature"

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All objects in our solar system are build from matter synthesized in previous generations of stars. Using high-precision isotope measurements of neodymium and samarium, scientists from Münster (Germany), Chicago and Livermore (USA) have now found that Earth contains more material from red giant stars than primitive meteorites (chondrites) located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since their formation about 4.56 billion years ago, chondritic meteorites have not been modified substantially, and so have commonly been used to constrain the isotopic and chemical composition of bulk Earth. The accurate and precise knowledge of Earth’s composition is essential for determining its differentiation history, internal structure and geodynamic evolution. The study now published in Nature shows that chondritic meteorites - contrary to current assumptions – are not representative for Earth’ isotopic composition.

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Victor-Moritz-Goldchmidt Award for Dr. Christoph Burkhardt

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Christoph Burkhardt is the recipient of the Victor-Moritz-Goldschmidt Award of the German Mineralogical Society. This award recognizes fundamental research by young scientists. Hearty congratulations!

From the laudatory speech (in German): "... Die Arbeiten von Herrn Dr. Burkhardt spannen einen thematisch weiten Bogen, der von der Elemententstehung in Sternen über die Datierung von Prozessen im frühen Sonnensystem bis hin zur Bildung und Differenzierung der terrestrischen Planeten reicht..."

Researchers report on findings from Dawn space mission

Ceres
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In 2015 the Dawn spacecraft reached the asteroid Ceres, the largest celestial body in the so-called asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The data collected by Dawn will make it possible for scientists to analyse the geological properties of Ceres and understand its origins. The latest issue of the "Science" journal contains reports by several international teams of researchers on their findings. For the first time, they are able to provide a comprehensive description of the asteroid. One of the studies was carried out by a team headed by Prof. Harald Hiesinger from the Institute of Planetology at Münster University. The scientists involved examined the crater structures on the asteroid’s surface.
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Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society for Dr. Greg Brennecka

Greg Brennecka is the recipient of the 2016 Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society. 

"The Nier Prize recognizes outstanding research in meteoritics and closely allied fields by young scientists. Greg is receiving this award for for his fundamental work on  the determination of high-precision U isotope compositions of meteoritic materials and their implications for early solar system conditions and chronology."

Hearty Congratulations!!

WWU-Planetologen liefern erste Forschungsergebnisse über Meteorit

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Anfang März machte ein Meteorit Schlagzeilen, der über Oberösterreich und Bayern niederging - der verglühende Himmelskörper sorgte für ein auffälliges Lichtschauspiel. Als erste Wissenschaftler haben nun Planetologen der WWU eines der Bruchstücke untersucht und den Meteoriten klassifiziert.

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Foto-Wettbewerb: "Der Mond im Münsterland"

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Die "Expedition Münsterland" ruft alle auf, ihre schönsten Mond-Bilder bis zum 15. Juli bei einem Foto-Wettbewerb einzureichen. Wichtig: Das Foto des Mondes muss im Münsterland aufgenommen worden sein.

Origin of chondrules

Chondrules

From dust to the first planetesimals - new study provides evidence that chondrule formation was a critical step toward making planetesimals

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Original paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America

Das Institut für Planetologie beteiligt sich am 13.8.2016 am "Thementag Mond" im Heckentheater Kattenvenne.
Die Besucher erwartet ein abwechslungsreiches Programm, das für Kinder und Erwachsene vielfältige Möglichkeiten bietet sich über den Mond zu informieren.

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Für weitere Informationen kontaktieren Sie bitte Harald Hiesinger oder Iris Weber.

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November 2015 - SFB/Transregio 170

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft funds new Research Collaborative Center / About four million Euro for geoscientists from Münster

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May 2015 - Doctoral degree and habilitation

Ottaviano Rüsch successfully received his doctoral degree and Dennis Reiss successfully finished his habilitation. Congratulations!