PLANETARY SCIENCE at RAL


Artist's impression of the Cassini Spacecraft traversing the Rings of Saturn

Our Missions

People in our Team

About Planets

UK Planetary Forum
Currently hosted at RAL

Solar System Science at RAL.

D-CIXS


News:

23 Jan 2004 ESA - Mars Express has been inserted safely into Mars Orbit. ASPERA-3 has been turned on and is working well
 

27 sept 2003

Smart -1 Launched successfully. See the SMART-1 launch page
D-CIXS has been checked out and is working perfectly.


Our Program

Our planetary science program is based on a strong program of space mission instrument development, and the unique opportunities offered by the important data sets for curent and upcoming missions which this gives access to. This is reinforced by data analysis, ground-based observing and theoretical studies. Each complements the others. We have a wide range of interests, in a number of the planets, in the interplanetary dust, and in extrasolar planets.


Current Planetary Interests

Active Instrument involvement on Missions

Magnetosphere, plasma environment and Solar Wind Interaction

Atmosphere

Composition

Dynamics and Distribution

Dust

Exobiology

Moon

SMART-1
Selene

 

 

 

 

Mercury

Future ESA or other mission

 

 

 

Mars

Mars Express Aspera 3
Planet-B

 

 

Venus

VenusExpress
       
               

Saturn

Cassini Huygens

 

 

 

 

Titan

Cassini Huygens

 

 

Comets

Rosetta
Giotto
ROSAT

Interplanetary Dust

Cassini Huygens

 

 

Extrasolar Planets

Corot
Darwin
Groundbased

 

 


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This work is funded by

the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

For information on Planets and Magnetospheres at RAL, contact Prof. Manuel Grande
E-mail:M.Grande@rl.ac.uk, or Phone us at +44 1235 446501 or FAX your request to +44 1235 445848.

This page is maintained by Manuel Grande, last modified - 24 January 2004.