planetary science

How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

 How Does Water Change the Moon’s Origin Story?

Ongoing research about the Moon's chemistry is revealing that it may be wetter than initially thought, which raises questions about some aspects of this origin story.

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Postdoc Spotlight: Planetary Scientist Jessica Arnold

Jessica Arnold

In this Postdoc Spotlight, Arnold discusses her research and its importance for our understanding of how planets—including our own—form.

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Q&A: The First Interstellar Asteroid Ever Spotted

Artist’s impression of the interstellar asteroid `Oumuamua. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

As asteroid 'Oumuamua dashes away from us, DTM cosmochemist and meteoriticist Conel Alexander shares his reactions and explains the implications of this interstellar visit.

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Steam Worlds: The Mystery of How Gas Giants Form

From left: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune at approximate relative sizes. The gas planets in our Solar System are gigantic compared to Earth. (Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute)

DTM Astrophysicist John Chambers tells us all about his "virtual" worlds, what his new study suggests about gas giant formation, and how that can help us to better understand how planets form in and beyond our Solar System.

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The Mystery of Planet Formation at Carnegie’s Neighborhood Lecture Series

The Mystery of Planet Formation at Carnegie’s Neighborhood Lecture Series

The Fall 2017 Neighborhood Lecture Series kicked off with "The Mystery of Planet Formation," by DTM Staff Scientist John Chambers.

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New Experiments to Model Mars’s Thermal Evolution

New Experiments to Model Mars’s Thermal Evolution

The Geophysical Laboratory’s Alex Goncharov and DTM's Peter van Keken were awarded a Venture Grant to apply a novel flash-heating method for high- pressure/high-temperature experiments to measure the thermal conductivity of Mars.

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