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Planetary Systems Branch Overview

Acting Branch Chief: Luke Sollitt
Acting Deputy Branch Chief: Amanda Cook
Assistant Chief: Sandra Owen

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Researchers in the Planetary Systems Branch develop new, fundamental knowledge about the origins of stars and planetary systems, their evolution and formation, their environment, and the interdisciplinary area of astrobiology.

Below are the main fields of study:

Planet Modeling

The Planet Modeling group uses physics-driven numerical simulations of natural phenomena in a planetary environment to define what processes and conditions are necessary for such phenomena to occur. These simulations are based on and compared to existing remote sensing and in situ observations. Researchers simulate several aspects of planetary environments, including atmospheric and climate, landform, and geochemical processes. The synergistic relationship between these areas of modeling strengthens our understanding of the whole planetary environment. Planet numerical modeling fundamentally contributes to planetary research at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and to NASA’s science vision. 

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