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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.

Congressional Visits

Are you a planetary science student or post-doc who is interested in getting involved with the legislative funding process? The AGU Planetary Sciences Section is starting a new program where students and early career scientists will visit their congressional representative's local office to share their research and advocate for continued planetary science funding. Training will be done through AGU's Public Affairs Office in May, and visits will take place during the August and October recesses. Learn more and sign up here!

DAP-2017 Call for Abstracts

The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop will be held at LASP in Boulder, Colorado on January 11-13, 2017. The workshop will be a forum to (i) discuss current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and comets and asteroids, (ii) share new results from past and ongoing missions to airless bodies and comets, and (iii) describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and comets. The meeting web site is hosted at: http://impact.colorado.edu/dap_meeting.html

DAP-2017 is a NASA/SSERVI follow up on two previous NASA/NLSI-SSERVI workshops, LDAP-2010 and DAP-2012. Contributions to LDAP-2010 and DAP-2012 were published in special issues of Planetary and Space Sciences. A similar volume is planned to report the contributions to DAP-2017.

The workshop is hosted by M. Horanyi and A. Stern, and supported by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI): Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), and the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies (CIPS) of the University of Colorado.

The DAP-2017 abstract deadline is Sept. 30th, 2016; submit your abstract to dusty.meetings@gmail.com