The Planetary Exploration group at TU Delft’s faculty of Aerospace Engineering is dedicated to the exploration of the solar system and the planets beyond.
Our science is focused on planetary atmospheres; planetary surface processes and materials; planet and moon interiors; and exoplanet detection and characterisation. We design and develop scientific instruments and trajectories for future space missions aimed at exploring the characteristics of other planets and moons in our solar system. We are also part of the Delft Space Institute.
Colloquium 29 November, 12:45 hr
join us on campus lecture room A
High-pressure/temperature experiments and applications to planetary science – Dr. Edgar Sikko Steenstra
Experimental petrology is a key tool in studying the formation, differentiation and subsequent evolution of planets. It provides the basis of most thermodynamic models of melting, viscosity, elemental distribution and other phase relations in rocky (exo)planets. Here, I give a brief overview of the experimental and analytical techniques used in such studies. I specifically demonstrate the applicability of these techniques by showing how I applied such methods to study the sulfur cycle in the solar system, with an emphasis on the Earth, Moon and asteroids.
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