Planetary science is the scientific study of planets (including Earth), moons, and planetary systems, in particular those
of the Solar System and the processes that form them. It is a strongly interdisciplinary field, originally growing from
astronomy and earth science. Allied disciplines include space physics, when concerned with the effects of the Sun on
the bodies of the Solar System, and astrobiology.
There are interrelated observational and theoretical branches of planetary science. Observational research can involve a combination of space exploration, predominantly with robotic spacecraft missions using remote sensing, and comparative, experimental work in Earth-based laboratories. The theoretical component involves considerable computer simulation and mathematical modelling.
Planetary scientists are generally located in the astronomy and physics or earth sciences departments of universities or research centres, though there are several purely planetary science institutes worldwide. There are several major conferences each year, and a wide range of peer-reviewed journals.
Planetary science is newly developed in China, and SDUW develop the science direction with the help of WUSTL
since 2006 by four steps:
1. Sending teacher and students abroad
(1) Peng Zhang went to WUSTL as a visiting scholar in 2006
(2) Zongcheng Ling (Lewis) and Jiang Zhang (Clark) went to WUSTL as Exchange Students in 2006
(3) Zhongchen Wu (Daniel) went to WUSTL as a Visiting Scholar in 2015
2. Hosting summer school
(1) 2007 International Summer School and Workshop on Lunar Science and Data Analysis for Planetary Missions
(2) 1st Yinghuo-1 Mars Mission Science Data & PDS workshop
(3) 2nd Yinghuo-1 Mars Mission Science Data & PDS workshop
3. Introducing through summer semesters
Since 2008, we have introduced three planetary courses (i.e., Introductory Planetary Science, Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy, and Planetary Materials ) from Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Ray Arvidson have contributed a lot for those three coures in the course contents design, teaching and coordinations. They also help to invite some other famous planetary scientists from Washington University and other US institutions, who are :
Dr. Edward A. Guinness, Dr. Thomas C. Stein, Dr. Kimberly A. Lichtenberg from Washington University;
Prof. Peter Englert and Prof. Jeffrey J. Gillis-Davis from University of Hawaii;
Prof. Lin Li from Indiana University- Purdue University;
Dr. Yang Liu from California Institute of Technology (Caltec);
Dr. Kun Wang from Havard University;
Prof. Mikhail Zolotov from Arizona State University.
Here we declare our great thanks and appreciation to all their contributions for the set-up of those three planetary courses.
(1) In 2008, Planetary Geology and Mineralogy
Taken by Dr. Edward A. Guinness, Dr. Thomas C. Stein, and Dr. Kimberly A. Lichtenberg,
Designed and organized by Prof. Raymond Arvidson from WUSTL.
(2) In 2009, Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy
Taken by Dr. Edward A. Guinness, and Prof. Lin Li,
(3) In 2010, Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy
Taken by Prof. Peter Englert, and Prof. Jeffrey J. Gillis-Davis,
(4) In 2015, Planetary Materials
Taken by Dr. Yang Liu, Dr. Kun Wang,
(5) In 2016, Planetary Materials
Taken by Dr. Kun Wang, Prof. Mikhail Zolotov,
4. Convert and re-organize to courses of SDUW
Introductory Planetary Science (from Planetary Geology and Mineralogy)
Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy (from Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy)
Planetary Materials (from Planetary Materials )