Planetary Science at Marshall Space Flight Center NASA Planetary Science Division

Welcome! The MSFC Planetary Science group includes scientists and engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). We study the surface and interior of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and asteroids, and are actively involved in multiple planetary missions.

About us:

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Planetary science at NASA is at the leading edge of new knowledge of our Solar System’s content, origin, evolution and the potential for life elsewhere. NASA planetary science is engaged in one of the oldest of scientific pursuits: the observation and discovery of our solar system’s planetary objects, using an extraordinary complement of flybys, orbiters, landers, and rovers, and an eye on returning samples from planetary bodies to state-of-the-art NASA-supported laboratories.

MSFC planetary scientists are active in research and integral to projects led at the Center. Research areas of expertise at MSFC include planetary seismology, remote sensing, LiDar mapping, geology, geomorphology, volcanology, atmospheres, and ionospheres. In addition, we operate an unique research facility, the Dusty Plasma Laboratory. For more information on that resource contact Dr. Dennis Gallagher, dennis.gallagher @

We serve on projects and committees that support human exploration activities, scientific analyses, landing site selection for robotic missions, including NASA and commercial missions, and education and public outreach. We are also actively involved in current science missions, new mission and instrument development, and state-of-the art data analysis.

Opportunities to work with us:

Postdoctoral research fellowships

Graduate student fellowships

Undergraduate student internships