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The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL / Birkbeck

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CPS members play key roles in planetary space missions such as Cassini Huygens, ExoMars, JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) and ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Exoplanet Large-survey). The Centre is also one of three UK universities to play a leading role in the European Union-funded Europlanet 2020 RI 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 and Birkbeck:

Physics and Astronomy

Earth Sciences

Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory - MSSL)

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck

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)

Planet 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

Europlanet 2020 RI

The Centre, via it's UCL departments of Physics and Astronomy, Earth Sciences and Space and Climate Physics, is also one of three UK universities to play a leading role in the European Union-funded Europlanet 2020 RI project that brings together Europe's major planetary science centres. 

Europlanet 2020 RI