CPSX Planetary Science Short Course Registration Open


Mars Desert Research Station Photo Credit: Jim Urquhart / REUTERS

The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), University of Western Ontario &
NSERC CREATE Technologies and Techniques in Earth and Space Exploration announces the next annual Planetary Science Short Course.
September 2–8, 2013

This is an intensive 7-day short course for graduate students, researchers, industry and government employees on planetary science. The focus of the course will be on the fundamental processes that have shaped the terrestrial planets and their moons, and asteroids. Particular emphasis will be placed on investigations of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, which represent the highest priority targets for the Canadian planetary science community and the Canadian Space Agency. Some of the world’s leading experts on planetary science will present 1 to 2-day modules on selected topics. The course will be suitable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and for professionals from industry and government. The course will feature both overview lectures on background theory, smaller topical study groups as well as hands-on activities involving imagery returned from unmanned orbiters and landers as well as astromaterials in the form of meteorites and analogue materials. Recent and ongoing planetary missions will be highlighted. It is intended to provide the non-specialist with a working knowledge of the multidisciplinary fields within planetary science. This course will focus on the following topics or modules:

  • Cosmogony – Origin of the solar system and planet formation.
  • Planetary interiors.
  • Planetary surfaces.
  • Planetary atmospheres.
  • Astrobiology and the search for life.
  • Exoplanets.

Specific topics that will be addressed in each module, where applicable, include:

  • The use of remote sensing datasets from planetary missions.
  • Terrestrial analogues of space environments.
  • Astromaterials and analytical techniques for sample analysis.

More details including course description, instructors, course objectives, etc. can be found at CPSX Planetary Science Short Course.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.