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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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Ingenuity Spots the Shadow of Its Damaged Rotor Blade

JPL — The Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI) camera aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took these zoomed-in images of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and one of its rotor blades on Feb. 24, 2024, the 1,072nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. During operations Friday, Feb. 23, Roger Wiens', of Purdue EAPS, team uplinked the sequence and worked with photo mosaic seen here. The team includes Stephanie Connell, EAPS grad student, and Noah Martin, future EAPS grad student and AAE BS working with Wiens at LANL.

Staff Excellence: Business Management

PURDUE NEWS — As the front line of financial guidance on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, Business Management staff make it their mission to properly manage the university’s $2.5 billion budget and keep its academic departments, schools and administrative units running as efficiently as possible. “We are the catchall,” says Alicia Carroll, senior business manager for the departments of Mathematics; Statistics; and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. “If someone doesn’t know something, they’re coming to us."

Boilermakers given rare opportunity to send two crews on back-to-back Mars Desert Research Station missions

THE PERSISTENT PURSUIT —Most Purdue students spend their winter break at home with family and friends, soaking up the good tidings and cheer of the holiday season. Riley McGlasson, Hunter Vannier, and Adriana Brown (of Purdue EAPS) and 11 other Boilermakers spent two weeks at the closest thing to Mars on Earth, the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS).

What If There Were No Leap Years?

WIBC — Today is a Leap Day, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if there were no leap years? That’s going to happen eventually. “If you wait around two or three million years, your calendar is going to be a lot simpler. You won’t have leap days anymore. That’s when the number of days in a year will be exactly 365,” said David Minton, associate professor of planetary sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences in Purdue University’s College of Science.

2024 Faculty and Staff Awards

The annual College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards are being presented to the honorees at various times during the month of February by their home departments. On this site, we wish to share with everyone from the College information on all of the individuals receiving an award and the reason that they were nominated for the honor. Awardees from Purdue EAPS include: Ali Bramson, Marty Frisbee, Ryan Ickert, Yunyue Elita Li, and Jenni Montes.

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