Planetary scientists seek answers to fundamental questions that involve the extended family of planets, moons, asteroids and other bodies in the Solar System. We are a part of more than a dozen NASA missions and our chief areas of planetary research include the Moon, Mars, and the asteroids Psyche, Bennu, and the Trojan asteroids. Our scientists are engaged in exploring these objects' geological processes and histories, their chemical and mineralogical composition, as well as the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the potential for life outside it.
The School's laboratory facilities for analyzing meteorites and extraterrestrial samples are among the world's finest and most up to date, and we are the home of ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies where researchers seek to understand the origin of our Solar System and planets, including the pathways to forming habitable worlds through the study of cosmochemistry, planetary geochemistry and planetary mineralogy.
Search the tabs below for a list of faculty, research groups, labs and resources that comprise the school's Planetary Sciences