Planetary Science Directorate, Boulder, Colorado

image of Saturn and satellite

The Planetary Science Directorate conducts basic observational, modeling and theoretical research in a wide range of solar system and astrophysical topics, and it is active in the scientific and instrumentation and operational components of several space missions. The Boulder office also hosts a steady stream of international visiting scientists and is involved in organizing workshops and meetings with focused scientific topics. Research is funded primarily by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

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Robin Canup, Ph.D., Associate Vice President
Joel Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director
William F. Bottke, Director, Space Studies
John Andrews, Director, Space Operations

Top: Saturn, the rings, and the moons Tethys and Epimetheus as seen from the Cassini Saturn Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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