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Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences has a great diversity of programs and intersecting disciplines, with faculty and students studying in fields such as Tectonics, Geophysics, Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biogeochemistry, Climate Change, Severe Weather, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Data Science, and many other areas. We are committed to strategic initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Interconnections between the Earth’s interior and surface, climate and sustainability, planetary exploration and spacecraft missions, and the development of emerging fields of study.

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Perseverance: Nasa rover begins key drive to find life on Mars

Nasa's Perseverance rover has reached a big moment in its mission on Mars. Tuesday, the six-wheeled robot began the climb up an ancient delta feature in the crater where it landed. Dr. Briony Horgan, of Purdue EAPS, is cited in this article by BBC.

Purdue alum's TV show features Rube Goldberg machines

Zach Umperovitch, a 2011 Purdue alumnus, recently debuted "Crazy Contraptions," a competition show that focuses on the fun and intricate engineering involved in Rube Goldberg machines. He received his Purdue bachelor's degree in geology and geophysics in 2011 and his master's degree in 2014.

Purdue professor helps put 'ears' on Mars Perseverance rover

For more than 20 years, one Purdue University professor has worked to give us a better understanding of the planet Mars. Now, he is leading a team that accomplished something you might have to hear to believe. Purdue Planetary Science professor Roger Wiens just arrived on campus a couple of months ago, but he says the development of this technology began back in 2014. After almost five years of development, Wiens and his team have found a way to put ears on a Mars rover for the very first time.

NASA discovery earns Eagle ‘full ride’ National Science Foundation Fellowship

Purdue EAPS welcome graduate student Giovanni Bacon. He has recently been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and will attend Purdue EAPS to begin his doctoral program. His dream is to become an astronaut scientist, studying planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres and/or astrobiology.

Drones are here to stay. Academia is helping make that safe

RI&S is lending college researchers several of its products, including systems for air traffic management, weather prediction, cybersecurity and mobile radar. The equipment helps them conduct the research and development that is fundamental to innovation. Dr. Robin Tanamachi of Purdue EAPS is helping test the equipment for severe storms.

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