Planetary Sciences / LPL
The Department of Planetary Sciences and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) seek answers to big questions: how do planetary systems form and evolve? Why are planets so different from each other? Is there life on other planets? These investigations require a broad perspective, merging physics, chemistry, geology, biology, astronomy, engineering, and computer science. LPL has earned a reputation for world-class research and graduate education, pursued through spacecraft missions, laboratory-based research, theory, and astronomical observations. LPL has also played a significant role in the spectacular success of the nation's solar system exploration program. Undergraduate students share in this rich intellectual environment. LPL also conducts significant public outreach programs.