Passionate about exploration and pushing the frontiers of planetary missions.

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 13 June, 12:45 hr (on campus, lecture room TBA)

Observing, measuring and mapping the Moon and Mars, using remote sensing methods. by Dr. Sandra Boazman (ESA-ESTEC)

Recent missions to the Moon and to Mars have provided in-situ and orbital images and datasets, allowing us to view these planetary bodies in unprecedented detail. Surface features can be identified using high resolution images of planetary bodies and these surface features are somewhat similar to features on Earth, allowing comparisons to be made about the environments present. One such feature that we can monitor with remote sensing methods on Mars, are sand dunes. Monitoring the migration rates of sand dunes on Mars allow us to understand more about the environment surrounding dune fields, including how the topography effects wind regimes and ultimately the migration of the dunes. Investigating surface features on planetary bodies using remote sensing methods is also important for analysing future landing sites. Currently there is renewed interest in the south polar region of the Moon, due to multiple missions targeting the south polar region, therefore understanding the surface features present is of importance, in particular features such as boulders and craters, which may be a hazard for a future mission. With many upcoming missions to the Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies within the solar system there is the opportunity for continued scientific exploration with remote sensing methods.

Virtual Lab Tour

Join us on a virtual lab tour to get to know some of our people and experience the labs they work in. The video below showcases the work at the department of Space engineering, for other departments at our faculty follow this link.

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