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planetology

(plan-ĕ-tol -ŏ-jee) The study of the planets of the Solar System – their history, internal and surface structures, and atmospheres – with particular regard as to how and why these differ from planet to planet.

Planetology

 

the branch of astrophysics devoted to the study of the physics of the planets in the solar system. The term “planetology” is used chiefly by specialists in earth science and rarely by astronomers.

planetology

[‚plan·ə′täl·ə·jē]
(astronomy)
Scientific study of the planets, in particular their surface markings.
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The Geology of Mars provides an excellent introduction to the field of comparative planetology and should be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of planetary scientists.
Lucey of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in Honolulu and his colleagues find that the crater floor, sampled in several places, has a slightly higher abundance of titanium and a significantly high er abundance of iron than the lunar crust does.
The contract is for the provision of assistance for the definition, development and testing of digital subsystem of the instrument NO developed by the Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP) for the Solar Mission Orbiter of the ESA.
After long scrutiny of the data, there it was, a slow but steady wind, releasing about 1 kg of plasma every second into the outer magnetosphere: this corresponds to almost 90 tonnes every day," Dandouras of the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology in Toulouse, France, said.
Here they introduce the field of planetology and present commentary on stunning out-of-this world images of Earth and its celestial neighbors from recent space probes.
In addition, the principles behind propulsion systems, medical science and life support will be intertwined with basic research areas such as the structure of the galaxy, orbits, relativity and planetology.
Exploiting GOCE data to the maximum, scientists from the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology in France, the French space agency CNES, the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, supported by ESA's Earth Observation Support to Science Element, have been studying past measurements.
Water in the small bodies of the solar system, comparative planetology and the search for life beyond the solar system, and growth of dust as the initial step toward planet formation comprise a small sample of the topics of individual chapters.
The quality of these images from ChemCam is outstanding, and the mosaic image of the spectrometer analyses has been essential for scientific interpretation of the data," said Sylvestre Maurice, Deputy Principal Investigator for ChemCam at France's Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP).
Seeds continues to tackle such big topics as the scale of the cosmos, the sky and its cycles, the origins of modern astronomy, atmospheric telescopes, starlight and atoms, the sun, the family of stars, their formation and architecture and their deaths, neutron stars and black holes, the Milky Way and other galaxies, cosmology in the twenty-first century, the origin of the solar system, comparative planetology of the planets, meteorites, asteroids, comets, and the possibility that on other planets the residents are also asking "What are we?
These results emphasise the importance of comparative planetology in modern planetary sciences: finding familiar geological features on alien worlds like Titan allows us to test the theories explaining their formation," said Nicolas Altobelli, ESA's Cassini-Huygens project scientist.