Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center

Planetary Science

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and Earth systems
  • CSES Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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Goal to advance our knowledge of planetary bodies beyond Earth, including surface properties and processes, internal structures, atmospheres, and evolution over time. We seek to advance our abilities to design, build, and operate remote instruments in extreme environments.

Planetary Science utilizes data from a broad swath of platforms, including satellite, airborne, in situ, and laboratory measurements. This area has been a poor cousin arbitrarily assigned to either the Space or Geoscience Focus area, but as a growing program at LANL, with one of the most visible projects being ChemCam on the Mars Rover, this area deserves its own Focus area and Focus lead.