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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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Poster Blowout 2018

Note from the Director:
I would like to thank the Director’s Science Committee for putting on an amazingly successful event where scientists and engineers across Goddard shared their work and made new contacts. The interdisciplinary interactions were especially exciting and crossed all four science disciplines.

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PEL role in New Frontiers Phase A Study

The PEL has a key role in the Dragonfly mission to Titan, recently downselected for further study for potential launch under NASA's New Frontiers Program. Dragonfly is a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore the prebiotic chemistry and habitability of dozens of sites on Saturn’s moon Titan, an ocean world in our solar system. If selected, the PEL will provide the mass spectrometer to examine surface composition. Dr. Melissa Trainer is one of two Deputy PIs for the mission as well as the lead of the mass spectrometer. Dr. William Brinckerhoff is also on the mass spectrometer and science teams.
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The Planetary Environments Laboratory studies the chemistry and astrobiology of the atmospheres and surfaces of planetary bodies. 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, biochemical, and isotopic analysis, computational modeling, and field studies of planetary analog sites.

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William B Brinckerhoff
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