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 Astronomy, Earth 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.
The CPS is primarily a "virtual" research centre, and comprises researchers within the following groups at UCL and Birkbeck:
- Planetary Physics & Exoplanets Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, UCL
- Imaging Group, Dept of Space & Climate Physics, UCL (MSSL)
- Planetary Science Group, Dept of Space & Climate Physics, UCL (MSSL)
- Planetary Dynamics and Evolution Group, Dept of Earth Sciences, UCL
- Crystallography and Mineral Physics Group, Dept of Earth Sciences, UCL
- Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck
Several CPS members are
located in the Centre for Planetary Sciences Room, in the Kathleen Lonsdale
Building on the main UCL campus.
The CPS also houses the United Kingdom's only NASA Regional Planetary Imaging Facility.
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