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Planetary & Space Sciences

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Welcome to the Planetary and Space Sciences Discipline (PSS) 

Our research covers a wide range of Solar System science and exploration through laboratory and space mission experiments.

We investigate the origin of the Solar System, evolution of the planets and the conditions for Life integrating use of spaceflight instrumentation with laboratory analyses and simulation. Our expertise has many applications well beyond the bounds of planetary science - attracting interest from a range of industrial partners.

We have a vibrant community of research staff and PhD students, with regular opportunities for those interested in Planetary Sciences. Members of PSS contribute to a range of undergraduate courses - reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of PSS research.

Professor Ian Wright
Head of Planetary & Space Sciences