Planetary Sciences

The science focus of the Planetary Sciences Section encompasses both basic research into how planets work as well as the planning and implementation of space missions for exploration and discovery. Because the Section involves all aspects of planetary science, it is very interdisciplinary. Members of the Section are interested in characterizing the current properties and processes of planetary bodies and understanding the formation and diverse evolution of planetary systems (core, mantle, crust, surface, hydrosphere, atmosphere, exosphere, rings, and satellites).

The varied manifestation of planetary processes (volcanism, tectonics, impact cratering, geochemical evolution) continues to challenge our formulation of geophysical principles. Approaches include observation and analysis of remotely acquired data (accumulated largely from spacecraft), analytical and experimental laboratory analyses, and modeling and testing of the natural system.

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