PhD position in planetary science
Curtin University, Space Science and Technology Centre
Curtin Space Science and Technology Centre is home to the largest planetary research group in the Southern Hemisphere.
The early dynamical evolution of the solar system through to 3.8 billion years ago is relatively well understood. It was a period of intense bombardment of the inner planets. Recent advancements in the early Solar system dynamics and lunar sample analyses speak in favour of the steadily declining impact flux on Pre-Nectarian Moon and Hadean Earth, which indicate that the Earth-Moon system survived a more intense bombardment during this eon than previously thought. These impacts would have had a profound effect on the early Earth and Moon crust and interior evolution. However, there is still lack of terrestrial and lunar cratering record to support this. To understand the evolution of the terrestrial planets, the impact history of large impacts on Mars will be another part of this project. With the most recent discoveries of crust and mantle structure of Mars, thanks to the NASA InSight mission, this project can look into the evolution of Mars via impact bombardment process. This will be combined with remote sensing data and numerical impact modelling, and apply this to interpret the geological record on Earth, Moon and Mars. This way, the early Earth is studied in the context of the early solar system evolution. Datasets from lunar and Mars missions, particularly from NASA InSight, will be applied, to create a bigger picture of origins of terrestrial planets. The proposed research project will employ the Pawsey Centre supercomputing resources and planetary science expertise at SSTC.
Details are available here: https://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/Scholarship/?id=5542
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