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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!

Planetary Geomorphology session GM1.4/PS9.5 at EGU2017

The Planetary Geomorphology session GM1.4/PS9.5 at EGU2017 (Vienna Austria 23-28 April) welcomes abstracts concerning landforms and the processes that shape them on all solar system bodies (deadline 11th January). Earth analogue studies, flume/simulation work and novel approaches using remote sensing data are especially encouraged. This session has always provided a stimulating forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and we hope you'll join us once again to bring geomorphology and planetary science closer together. This year we welcome Prof. Michael Lamb from Caltech as our invited speaker! Session details and link to abstract submission: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/session/24124.

Call For Papers - Sixth Mars Polar Conference

The Scientific Organizing Committee is organizing a special issue of Icarus related to Mars Polar research, particularly in the fields of polar geology, glaciology, climate record, atmospheric dynamics, terrestrial analogs, ground ice, geochemistry, and Mars polar surface activity. In recognition of the broad scope, interdisciplinary nature, and strong international interest in this topic, we welcome the participation of any interested scientist with relevant theoretical, experimental, or field experience. This special issue is open to all interested authors with Mars Polar related research to publish, whether they attended the conference or not. Please email questions or notices of intent to guest editors, Adrian Brown and Michael Sori.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Icarus' EVISE website. Authors must select “Mars Polar Science VI” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Thank You to Our Section Sponsors

American Astronomical Society – Division of Planetary Sciences

University of Western Ontario Centre for Planetary Sciences