Australian Planetary Research

This is the Australian node of NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute [SSERVI].

Australia is home to scientific and technological expertise in understanding Solar System origins and evolution. The SSERVI Australia node aims to strengthen national planetary research and extend collaborations with the international community.

Explore our Research themes below, connect with our Team, discover Australian Science on Space Missions and view our Recent Publications.

News and research highlights

NASA Exploration Science Forum 2017 – now open

NASA Exploration Science Forum 2017 – now open

July 18 – 20, 2017 | NASA Ames Research Center The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is pleased to announce the 4th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF) is open for registration and abstract submission through April 12th, 2017 – 11:59pm PDT: https://nesf2017.arc.nasa.gov/registration If you missed the 2016 NESF offerings, you can catch up ...

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New research ‘rocks’ long-held geological theory – Nature publication

New research ‘rocks’ long-held geological theory – Nature publication

New research into ancient rocks in Western Australia contradicts the commonly held belief that Earth’s first stable continents were formed in a plate tectonic setting, Earth’s first stable continents did not form by subduction, was published today in Nature. Lead author and SSERVI AU member Dr Tim Johnson, explained that the geodynamic environment in which Earth’s ...

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When you are an exoplanet expert and it’s the day they announce TRAPPIST-1

When you are an exoplanet expert and it’s the day they announce TRAPPIST-1

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a new exoplanet discovery: the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. You can read more straight from the Nature ...

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SSERVI AU – A YEAR IN REVIEW

SSERVI AU – A YEAR IN REVIEW

SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL WORK HIGHLIGHTS Nature publication by SSERVI Australia members (Andy Tomkins, Lara Bowlt, Matthew Genge, Siobhan A. Wilson, Helen E. A. Brand,  Jeremy L. Wykes) Ancient micrometeorites suggestive of an oxygen-rich Archaean upper atmosphere.   In early 2016 the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) created a Planetary Materials unit (Helen Maynard-Casely, Helen Brand), and published first JPL ...

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2016 SSERVI Workshop: Program and Awards Recap

2016 SSERVI Workshop: Program and Awards Recap

Late last year, the SSERVI AU community came together for the annual Workshop in Perth. Catch the scientific proceedings and social happenings from this 3-day event here:  http://www.sserviaustralia.org/home/sservi-workshop/. Full session program pdf can be found here: sservi-program_workshop2016_final  

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Early formation of the Moon 4.51 billion years ago

Early formation of the Moon 4.51 billion years ago

With many of our Australian SSERVI community researching solar system formation, the moon, impacts and, of course, zircons – here is the recent Science Advances paper doing the rounds across the world. Establishing the age of the Moon is critical to understanding solar system evolution and the formation of rocky planets, including Earth. However, despite its ...

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