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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User Workshop for Mars ChemCam/LIBS Data at LPSC
ChemCam on Curiosity provides a large and varied geochemical dataset available for the planetary community including laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), passive VIS reflectance spectra, and the highest resolution remote micro-images (RMI) from the rover. More than 200,000 spectra and over 3,000 images from ChemCam available at the Planetary Data System (PDS). More than 30 submitted papers have included results from this data. A LIBS instrument is also being developed for the Mars 2020 mission.
A 2-1/2-hour workshop will be held during the week of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 15-20, The Woodlands, TX) for community members interested in using this dataset. In the workshop we will describe the LIBS technique as used on ChemCam and data processing for the levels 1 and 2 provided in the PDS, and will provide updates on the latest calibration data. We are targeting Wednesday evening at 6 pm, subject to conference scheduling. Please see the ChemCam website for updates: http://msl-chemcam.com. The contact is Roger Wiens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ChemCam data can be found at http://pds-geosciences.wustl.edu/missions/msl/chemcam.htm. Presentation materials will also be posted on the PDS.
Visit our Meetings page for additional meetings and details.
Learn about the Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science.
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