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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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APEX today: Lunar landing sites and non-terrestrial artefacts in the Solar System

This week's APEX seminar features talks by the CPS' very own Huma Irfan (PhD student, Birkbeck) and Dr Lewis Pinault (Birkbeck): More...

Published: Nov 20, 2014 12:03:22 PM

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APEX: Astronomy from the Moon

This week's APEX features Dr Geraint Harker (Marie-Curie Fellow at UCL Astrophysics) talking about "Astronomy from the Moon".   More...

Published: Nov 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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LIVE: Rosetta Comet Landing TODAY 

The Philae lander has successfully separated from the Rosetta orbiter and has started its historic 7 hour descent to the surface of 67P! Come and join us for the ESA live stream of the touchdown (harpoons and all!) expected at 1600 GMT today. We'll be at the Medical A.V. More...

Published: Nov 12, 2014 11:06:00 AM

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Ancient glaciers on Mars? / Titan's topography 

This week's APEX seminar is a double-bill featuring talks about Mars and Titan. Gaia Stucky De Quay (CPS alumna and PhD student at Imperial College London): "Landslides on Mars: Evidence for ancient glaciers?" More...

Published: Nov 6, 2014 12:31:07 PM

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