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Dr. Ellen Stofan shares her early interest in planetary scientist, thoughts on future exploration, and what it's like being Chief Scientist at NASA. Read more...

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!

2016 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Open

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 28th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held July 25-29, 2016 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

Applications are due April 6, 2016. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov