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The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck is one of the United Kingdom's leading centres for planetary science. It houses expertise in understanding planets from their deep interiors, through their surfaces and atmospheres, to their space environment.  This expertise is complemented by world leaders in astronomy, terrestrial and solar science, life and chemical sciences.  Read more...

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Concept view of the ARIEL spacecraft. Credit: ESA

ARIEL mission to reveal 'Brave New Worlds' among exoplanets

An ambitious European mission is being planned to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve. ARIEL will investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars. It is one of three candidate missions selected last month by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium class science mission, due for launch in 2026.  The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, including UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal.  The mission will be presented today at the Pathways 2015 conference in Bern, Switzerland, by ARIEL’s Principal Investigator, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of UCL.  More...

Published: Jul 16, 2015 4:58:53 PM

Dr. Geraint Jones

Dr. Geraint Jones: Pluto’s moons in sharper focus

Dr. Geraint Jones, Reader in Planetary Science at UCL, highlights Pluto's moons in his recent article for The Conversation: "New Horizons brings Pluto’s mysterious moons into sharper focus". More...

Published: Jul 15, 2015 4:24:00 PM

Original plates from Clyde Tombaugh's discovery of Pluto (apparent magnitude +15.1). Credit: Lowell Observatory Archives via Wikipedia

Pluto and Charon - A Planetary Waltz, in celebration of NASA's New Horizon Mission

On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to the dwarf planet Pluto, the outermost body in the Solar we have visited. A hundred years previously, Gustav Holst had been composing his Planet Suite, ignorant of Pluto’s existence. More...

Published: Jul 15, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Prof. Andrew Coates

Prof. Andrew Coates: There is still lots more solar system exploration to do... 

In his recent article for The Conversation: "Fly-by missions: what is the point when we have the technology to go into orbit?", Prof. Andrew Coates, Head of Planetary Science at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL, discusses the significance of fly-by missions, including the recently successful NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto, and the importance of continued solar system exploration. More...

Published: Jul 14, 2015 3:56:00 PM

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Professor Lynn Rothschild

ASB6 - A Public Talk by Professor Lynn Rothschild: The Search for Life in the Universe

As part of the Astrobiological Society of Britain's 6th biennial conference - ASB6: The Origin, Distribution & Detection of Life in the Universe - a public talk will be given by NASA's Professor Lynn Rothschild on the evening of Thursday 3 September: More...

Starts: Sep 3, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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ASB6 at UCL in September - Final few weeks for registration and programme online

The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck will be hosting the sixth biennial meeting of the Astrobiological Society of Britain - ASB6: "The Origin, Distribution and Detection of Life in the Universe" - on 2-4 September 2015.  There is still time to register at the ASB6 website and the programme is now available online. More...

Starts: Sep 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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