Planetary Science Research

Planetary Science is fundamentally interdisciplinary and requires a depth and breadth of expertise impossible to house in a single department. At Georgia Tech, our group spans several schools on campus, reflecting a crucial diversity of expertise. Planetary scientists are housed in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering, with research that spans from planetary interiors all the way out to the “edge” of a planet’s near space environment, including surface processes and magnetospheres. We use a wide range of methods, from modeling to spacecraft data analysis to laboratory and field work. Along with fundamental research programs, Georgia Tech faculty are heavily involved with NASA planetary science missions, including Juno, Dawn, Cassini, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Curiosity, JUICE, and Europa Clipper.