Planetary scientists work to improve our understanding of the planets,
satellites and smaller bodies in the solar system through:
- Studying the atmospheres, surfaces and interiors of planets,
- Understanding the origins of planets and the physical processes at work, and
- Using radar to determine the physical characteristics of asteroids and to search for asteroids that may pose a hazard to Earth.
Research is carried out in the laboratory, from astronomical facilities throughout the world,
and from spacecraft and landers, including the Mars rovers.
People in the Section Office