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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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Odysseus Lunar Lander's Mission to the Moon

WLFI — It's been more than 50 years since the US first landed on the moon, and now there is a plan to pay it another visit. Ali Bramson, of Purdue EAPS, speaks with WLFI News about the planned lunar mission's life cycle.

"It's kind of scary, it sounded like thunder:" One woman shares her earthquake experience for "Earthquake Awareness Month"

WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) - While we rarely feel a significant earthquake, we do have earthquakes here in the Wabash Valley. It's an important reminder for earthquake awareness month. "The Wabash Valley fault system is further to the Southwest of Indiana and in the border of Indiana and Illinois, but it extends to the north, northeast closer to Terre Haute and Lafayette," said Xiaotao Yang, professor at Purdue University.

MastCamZ captures solar eclipse on Mars

NASA — NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired images of a solar eclipse on Mars using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover's mast. Dr. Briony Horgan, of Purdue EAPS, is on the MastCam-Z team. Images were captured on Feb. 8, 2024 (Sol 1056) at the local mean solar time of 06:29:35.

12 states in path of totality during April 8 solar eclipse

FOX WEATHER — The highly-anticipated total solar eclipse will be visible across a large portion of the U.S. on April 8, covering several major cities such as Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland and more. During this event, the moon will completely cover the sun. Dr. Ali Bramson, of Purdue EAPS, joins FOX Weather to discuss why this path is unique and what makes it special.

Farewell to Our Flying Friend and Closing in on the Crater Rim

NASA — "While it is sad to be leaving Ingenuity behind, the future is bright for Perseverance and the science team is in high spirits. Ahead of us lies the mysterious crater rim, which may offer a window into a period of Mars’ history that no rover has ever seen before," writes Henry Manelski, PhD Student at Purdue EAPS for the NASA Mars Perseverance Rover Blog.

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