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 Fall Meeting
The 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco is full of planetary science. View the Planetary Sciences Section schedule and be sure to join us for these key events:
- Planetary Science/Space Physics Career Night Mixer
December 8 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Student Breakfast
December 10 2013, 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM
- Planetary Sciences Section Business Meeting and Reception
December 10 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
- Shoemaker Lecture - Michael Carr, USGS
December 11 2013, 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM
- Greeley Award Presentation
December 11 2013, 2:40 PM
- Whipple Lecture - Hap McSween, University of Tennessee
December 11 2013, 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM
- Sagan Lecture - David Grinspoon, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
December 12 2013, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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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