Centre for Planetary Sciences

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The Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) 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.

CPS members play key roles in planetary space missions such as Mars Express, Cassini Huygens and Rosetta. The Centre is also one of three UK universities to play a leading role in the European Union-funded Europlanet project that brings together Europe’s major planetary science centres.

The CPS is a centre of excellence for research in planetary sciences, based on a collaboration between three UCL departments -Physics and AstronomyEarth Sciences, and Space and Climate Physics - and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck. It forms part of the UCL Institute of Origins, which promotes world-leading research at UCL in topics related to the Origins and Evolution of the Universe. Read more...

CPS News and Events

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Mercury after three-and-a-half years of MESSENGER's orbital mission

Dr Shoshana Weider (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA) will deliver this week's APEX seminar. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 3:52:16 PM

Landslides on Mars

How landslides on Mars might reveal more than they cover up: new insights into Mars' sedimentary budget

In a new paper, Peter Grindrod describes how unique landslides can help to decipher the erosional history of Mars, and the implications for the global sedimentary budget of the planet. More...

Published: Oct 7, 2014 10:48:35 AM

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Bioalteration of basaltic glasses/The NASA OSIRIS-REx mission

Anne Perez (PhD Student, Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée) will deliver the first talk: "Understanding the bioalteration mechanisms of basaltic glasses". More...

Published: Oct 3, 2014 3:11:24 PM

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A Martian volcano and the ESA 2018 ExoMars rover landing site

 The APEX Meeting Programme resumes for the 2014/15 year with two Mars-focused talks. More...

Published: Oct 3, 2014 2:32:03 PM

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