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Planetary Science

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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.