The Centre for Planetary Sciences

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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...

CPS News

Close-up of the lunar regolith with astronaut’s boot for scale (credit: NASA)

Prof. Ian Crawford awarded Leverhulme Trust research grant to study what the Moon may tell us about the history of the Milky Way

The new grant, entitled Assessing the potential of lunar geology as a window into galactic history, was awarded to Professor Crawford and colleagues Dr Pieter Vermeesch (UCL) and Dr Katherine Joy (University of Manchester). Dr Louise Alexander, who obtained both her B.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in planetary science from Birkbeck, will be employed as researcher on the project. More...

Published: Apr 1, 2015 10:11:03 AM

Artist's impression of the interaction between Venus and the solar wind. Copyright: ESA (Image by C. Carreau)

Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere

New research on ionospheric photoelectrons in the tail of Venus, led by CPS members at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), shows that the planet is losing 300kg of its atmosphere per day. The research, from two papers published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, is based on data from the ASPERA-4 electron spectrometer on ESA's Venus Express spacecraft. More...

Published: Feb 26, 2015 10:24:18 AM


Twinkle: A UK-led, fast-track space mission to study exoplanet atmospheres

A team led by CPS members Dr Giovanna Tinetti (Lead Scientist) and Dr Marcell Tessenyi (Project Manager) aims to build and launch, within the next 3 to 4 years, a small and cost-effective UK-built spacecraft called Twinkle, dedicated to the observation of exoplanet atmospheres. This ambitious project is achievable by working together with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and reusing an existing platform.  More...

Published: Feb 6, 2015 4:37:31 PM


Saturn moon Hyperion charging is a Cassini Top 10 discovery of 2014!

Research about Hyperion's Electrostatically Charged Surface led by CPS member Dr Tom Nordheim (MSSL) and fellow CPS members Prof. Andrew Coates and Dr Geraint Jones makes the Cassini team’s top picks for the mission’s 10 most interesting science findings of 2014 More...

Published: Jan 18, 2015 4:18:00 PM

CPS Events

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ASB6 at UCL in September - Save the date!

The sixth biannual conference of the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB6) will be hosted this year by the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, at University College London, between 2-4 September 2015.  So please clear your diaries for this, the flag-ship astrobiology conference in the UK! More...

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

Cumberland Lodge. Credit:  Jan Adriaenssens

Spectroscopy of Exoplanets Conference, 24-26 July 2015

Registration is now open for the 2nd ExoMol conference ''Spectroscopy of Exoplanets'’, which will be held at Cumberland Lodge near London.  The conference will begin on the morning of 24 July, running through to the evening of 26 July 2015 (departing after breakfast the following day). More...

Starts: Jul 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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