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.

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News and research highlights

Cover of Science Magazine – Gravity field of the Orientale basin from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission

Cover of Science Magazine – Gravity field of the Orientale basin from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission

SSERVI Australia member and co-author of two GRAIL papers, Katarina Miljkovic, talks to ABC Science about how the findings could help scientists better understand how multi-ringed impact basins formed on the Moon as well as other planets during a critical time in the evolution of the solar system. See the two articles here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6311/438 | http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6311/441

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VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

The VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize offers an Australian university student the opportunity to participate in a NASA affiliated summer internship program. Through the awarding of this prize, an Australian university student will work directly with NASA scientists and engineers – a program normally available only to US citizens. These programs provide students with direct contact ...

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PhD and MSc Projects Available Examining Gas – Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems (ANU)

PhD and MSc Projects Available Examining Gas – Solid Reactions in Earth and Planetary Systems (ANU)

A fundamental question in Earth and planetary systems is: how are chemical elements distributed from high temperature in the planet’s interior to low temperatures at the surface, atmosphere and/or ocean? This question is at the heart of understanding how life originated, how planetary atmospheres develop, how ore deposits form and how climate is regulated. Currently, ...

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Astrobiology & the Queensland Youth Lecture Series

Astrobiology & the Queensland Youth Lecture Series

SSERVI Australia members are out and about in Queensland schools for Australian Institute of Physics: The hunt for exoplanets and extra-terrestrial life. Over the next month, astrobiologist Jonti Horner and planetary scientist Helen Maynard-Casely will be touring schools in Brisbane, Mt Isa, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns. For more details head to http://www.aip.org.au/info/?q=article/congress-deadline-and-physics-tours-physics-july

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MetSoc Abstracts from SSERVI Australia

MetSoc Abstracts from SSERVI Australia

Heading to Berlin in August? You may catch some SSERVI Australia team members at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society www.metsoc-berlin.de/ They have released their full program here: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/metsoc2016/ and we’ll be highlighting those featured in the lead up. Congratulations to SSERVI Australia team member Luke Daly from Curtin University, who won the Brian Mason Award from the Meteorite Times ...

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Ancient micrometeorites suggestive of an oxygen-rich Archaean upper atmosphere

Ancient micrometeorites suggestive of an oxygen-rich Archaean upper atmosphere

The work of SSERVI Australia planetary scientsits Andy Tomkins, Lara Bowlt, Matthew Genge, Siobhan A. Wilson, Helen E. A. Brand,  Jeremy L. Wykes was published this week in Nature: Ancient micrometeorites suggestive of an oxygen-rich Archaean upper atmosphere – Nature 533, 235–238 (12 May 2016) doi:10.1038/nature17678 World’s oldest fossil micrometeorites ever found contain hints of oxygen in early Earth’s atmosphere – ABC Science News, 11 May 2016 World’s ...

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