What is planetary science?

Planetary Science

Planetary science (rarely planetology) is the scientific study of planets (including Earth), moons, and planetary systems, in particular those of the Solar System and the processes that form them. It studies objects ranging in size from micrometeoroids to gas giants, aiming to determine their composition, dynamics, formation, interrelations and history. It is a strongly interdisciplinary field, originally growing from astronomy and earth science, but which now incorporates many disciplines, including planetary astronomy, planetary geology (together with geochemistry and geophysics), atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, theoretical planetary science, glaciology, and the study of extrasolar planets. Allied disciplines include space physics, when concerned with the effects of the Sun on the bodies of the Solar System, and astrobiology.

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Some articles on planetary science:

Planetary Science - Basic Concepts
... Kuiper belt Magnetosphere Minor planet Planet Planetary differentiation Planetary system Definition of a planet Space weather Terrestrial planet ...
Lunar And Planetary Science Conference - LPSC Today
... the five-day conference consists of parallel sessions of contributed presentations that emphasize planetary processes and those related to planetary bodies ... matter to the conference and the quality of the science ... features five full days of oral and poster sessions covering a variety of topics in planetary science research ...
Lunar And Planetary Science Conference
... The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), jointly sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry ... in 1970, the LPSC has been a significant focal point for planetary science research, with more than 1700 planetary scientists and students attending from all over the world ...
Lunar And Planetary Science Conference - History
... Johnson announced the formation of the Lunar Science Institute (LSI) ... Space Administration, the National Academy of Science, Universities Research Association and several major universities ... Initially operated by the National Academy of Sciences, the Universities Space Research Association took over the management of the Lunar Science ...
Australasian Strewnfield - References and Further Reading
... Guangxi Province, China," 30th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, March 1999 ... Investigating possible impact sites in Laos," Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Vol ... Sulu Sea," Proceedings of 24th Lunar and Planetary Science conference ...

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