Sample Return Missions

Applying technology unique to Manchester to analyse samples of the solar wind, comets and interstellar grains and the Moon returned by robotic and manned missions.

Apollo and Luna

Samples returned from the Moon’s surface by the NASA Apollo manned missions and Soviet Union’s robotic Luna missions.


Samples of the solar wind returned by NASA’s Genesis mission.


Samples of an asteroid returned by JAXA’s Hayabusa mission.


Samples of a comet returned by NASA’s Stardust mission.

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