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Dr Ashley James King
I obtained an MEarthSci in Geology with Planetary Science (2007) and then a PhD in Isotope Cosmochemistry (2010) from the University of Manchester, UK. During my PhD I used time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to investigate presolar grains that condensed around stars before our solar system formed.
I then spent a year as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Chicago, USA, continuing my presolar grain research and helping to build the next generation of resonant ionisation mass spectrometry (RIMS) instruments.
I briefly returned to the University of Manchester before starting as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Natural History Museum (NHM), UK in 2012. At the NHM my research developed a strong focus on using the mineralogy and petrography of meteorites as a way to unravel the geological history of asteroids.
In 2019 I became a Lecturer in Planetary Science at the Open University, where my research continues to use extraterrestrial materials to understand how the solar system evolved from a cloud of gas and dust into the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets.
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Right now there are two active asteroid sample-return missions in space...
26 Jun 2020
From robotic telescopes to an asteroid pretending to be a moon on Mars, here are four articles about asteroids.
25 Jun 2020
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