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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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China to hear pitches from NASA scientist, other researchers, to study Chang’e 5 lunar samples

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST — China’s space agency has invited 10 scientists from the US, Europe and Asia to pitch their plans in person to study lunar samples brought back to Earth by China’s Chang’e 5 moon mission. US applicants appearing at the review will include planetary scientist Michelle Thompson from Purdue University.

Rock Sampled by NASA's Perseverance Embodies Why Rover Came to Mars

NASA — Analysis by instruments aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover indicate that the latest rock core taken by the rover was awash in water for an extended period of time in the distant past, perhaps as part of an ancient Martian beach. Collected on March 11, the sample is the rover’s 24th – a tally that includes 21 sample tubes filled with rock cores, two filled with regolith (broken rock and dust), and one with Martian atmosphere. Briony Horgan, of Purdue EAPS, says, "we’re still exploring the margin and gathering data, but results so far may support our hypothesis that the rocks here formed along the shores of an ancient lake."

Special report: Solar eclipse path of totality

NBC — NBC Nightly News broadcast live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with NASA and Purdue University. Anchor Lester Holt interviews Andrew Feustel, astronaut and Purdue EAPS alumnus, at the 54 minute mark about this once in a lifetime view of the eclipse in totality.

Purdue University campus pauses to soak up 2024 solar eclipse, experiencing near totality

USATODAY — The Tippecanoe County area was not in the direct path of Monday's total eclipse, but area residents still had the chance to witness a rare event of a near total eclipse, and they filled Purdue University's campus to catch a glimpse. Purdue EAPS co-sponsored the on-campus event.

Trustees approve faculty promotions

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (April 5) approved faculty promotions and tenured faculty transferring from IUPUI to Purdue West Lafayette. The following promotions and transfers are effective with the 2024-25 academic year. These professors will be promoted to full professor: Nat Lifton and Brandon Johnson.

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