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Welcome to the Planetary Environments Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We are located in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, in NASA's first science center, where our scientists are part of the world's largest Earth and space science research organization. These pages will introduce you to our work exploring the environments throughout the Solar System. You will find information about our people and projects, along with scientific data and links to original publications.

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Shawn Domagal-Goldman gives TEDx talk on the search for life on exoplanets

Shawn Domagal-Goldman’s TEDx MidAtlantic talk is now available for viewing on YouTube. In this presentation, Shawn went over how the last 20 years of exoplanet discovery has confirmed that other potentially habitable worlds exist, and the challenges we’ll need to overcome in order to find out if any exoplanets have signs of life. The talk is available at:
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The Planetary Environments Laboratory studies the chemistry of atmospheres and surfaces of planets and their moons. We participate in all phases of planetary investigations, from defining and developing specialized instrumentation to analyzing, interpreting, distributing, and archiving data collected during flight missions. We provide a basis for planetary mission studies through a vigorous program of planetary analog research that includes laboratory simulations of planetary environments, geochemical and isotopic analysis, computational modeling of planetary atmospheres, and field studies of planetary analog sites.

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William B Brinckerhoff
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General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 1.301.286.8955.

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