Planetary Science Research Discoveries

Planetary scientists sharing ideas and discoveries.

Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) is an educational site sharing the latest research by NASA-sponsored scientists on meteorites, asteroids, planets, moons, and other materials in our Solar System. The website is supported by the Planetary Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and by Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium and is a vital link for planetary and space sciences, and for learning how science works.

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» New Age for Lunar Exploration

(Posted April 24, 2018)

Link to article: New Age for Lunar Exploration. A change in the National Space Policy adds a lunar emphasis to NASA exploration programs.
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Six recent Headline articles. The archive holds all articles in our collection.

6 RECENT HEADLINE ARTICLES.           [  V I E W     A L L  ]

» Volcanism and an Ancient Atmosphere on the Moon
Extensive lunar volcanism around 3.5 billion years ago produced a temporary atmosphere on the Moon.

» Accretional Layers Preserved in a Meteorite
Visible sequence of layers in the Isheyevo meteorite tells a story of impact debris deposited, layer by layer, onto the surface of the surviving planetesimal.

» Meteorite Formation Times and the Age of Jupiter
Isotopic analyses of meteorites and models of planetary accretion indicate that Jupiter's solid core had accreted only one million years after the Solar System began to form.

» Archaeology, Artifacts, and Cosmochemistry
Iron beads, identified as pieces of the Anoka meteorite, are among a small handful of artifacts made from material from the birth of the Solar System.

» Two Billion Years of Magmatism in One Place on Mars
New data from a Martian meteorite extends the time of magmatic activity by 1.8 billion years in a volcanic center that provided us a coherent group of Martian meteorites.

» Chondrules: Important, but Possibly Unfathomable
Studies of chondrules in meteorites have revealed much about them, except how they formed and if they played a role in forming planets.

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CosmoSparks--quick views of big advances. Click here for access to all reports in the series.

In this series of reports PSRD gives quick views of big advances in planetary sciences, with links to further details.

» Microtektites  -- Microtektites from a glacial moraine near Larkman Nunatak, Antarctica are related to the Australasian strewn field.

» Meteoritics & Planetary Science Journal–Special Issue on Impact Cratering  -- Articles in the April 2018 issue cover work presented at the May 2015 Workshop on Issues in Crater Studies and the Dating of Planetary Surfaces.

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This section of PSRD contains annotated slide sets that are associated with our headline articles. We hope you find the slides useful for your own talks and presentations.

Instruments of Cosmochemistry
In this series of articles PSRD highlights the essential tools and amazing technology used by talented scientists seeking to unravel how the solar system formed.

General Resources
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