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The Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory conducts research and carries out instrument development relevant to study of the structure, dynamics and evolution of the terrestrial planets, their satellites, and other small bodies in the Solar System, using in situ and remote sensing data, analog field work, laboratory sample analysis, and geochemical and geophysical modeling, in order to understand:
(1) The timing and nature of volcanic, cratering, and other physical and chemical processes that modify planetary surfaces. (2) The orbital and tidal processes that affect the surfaces, internal structure and evolution of planetary and smaller bodies. (3) The comparative evolution of planetary and smaller bodies and how that determines the location of habitable environments in the solar system. (4) How future human exploration of solar system bodies can be optimized for its science return and safety.
Access our latest gravity fields, topographic models, science results, and datasets at the Planetary Geodynamics Data Archive link below.