Welcome to New Worlds & Discoveries
AGU's Planetary Sciences Section encompasses basic research into the nature of planets and how they work, as well as the planning and implementation of space missions for exploration and discovery.
Members of the Section are interested in understanding both the current properties of the known planets and the formation and evolution of each planetary body and its environment from the core through the magnetosphere. Small bodies, that is, rings, satellites, comets, asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects are also within our purview. The area of Astrobiology seeks to understand the conditions and environments that might have been conducive to the origin and evolution of life, and to the formation, detection and characterization of extra-solar planets.
Approaches to planetary research include acquisition and analysis of data accumulated from spacecraft and telescopes, analytical and experimental laboratory analyses, and the formulation and testing of analytical and numerical models of natural systems. Geophysical and geochemical principles from all sections of AGU are tested and applied as new discoveries are made that illuminate complex planetary processes.
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Learn about the researchers behind the science by reading some recent articles. The latest research can be browsed in current planetary science journals. Join us at one of many meetings and conferences and get social by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
2013 Outstanding Student Paper Award Winners
Ali Bramson - Thick subsurface water ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars
Benjamin Charnay - Is Titan's dune orientation controlled by tropical methane storms?
Kimberley Birkett - Modelling Cometary Sodium Tails
Lucas Kavanagh - The Som Palaeobarometry Method: A Critical Analysis
Shannon Curry - IMF influence on simulated multi-species pick-up ions at Mars
Honors & Awards Nominations
Be sure to nominate your deserving colleagues for AGU awards and as AGU fellows. The Planetary Sciences Section awards include the Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science and the Whipple Award. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014 so submit nominations soon!
Visit our Meetings page for additional meetings and details.
Do your part to fight the large cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Budget!
Learn about the new Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science.
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