PhD student Caitlin Ahrens Pluto experimental chamber Ferritor Hall


The degree programs in Space and Planetary Sciences encompass interdisciplinary research over a wide range of topics in space science, planetary science, and engineering. This research is conducted within dedicated laboratories and facilities within the various participating departments. Current research interests are water on Mars, astrobiology, atmospheric processes on Venus, ices on Pluto and other ice worlds, planetary geomorphology, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, extreme-temperature electronics, small spacecraft development and operations, remote sensing, and meteorite and impactite analysis.