Special Issue "Planetary Geosciences and Space Exploration"


A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Geosciences Institute, IGEO (CSIC-UCM) Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas C/ José Antonio Novais, 2 Ciudad Universitaria 28040 Madrid, SPAIN
Website: http://tierra.rediris.es/jmfrias/
Phone: +34 91 3944829
Fax: +34 91 3944798
Interests: planetary geology; astrobiology; natural resources of near earth space and sustainability; geo and biomarkers; extreme environments and planetary habitability; geodiversity and biodiversity; natural hazards and planetary ecosystems; mineralogy; geoethics in earth and space sciences; geoeducation; science and technology for development; emerging sciences, cultural implications; new paradigms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Numerous planetary and space missions have marked our lives through the last decades. Since the foundation of Astrogeology in the early sixties, it is a fact that geology and geosciences have become crucial not only for a better understanding of our solar system (including the Earth), but also for obtaining unique information regarding the origin and evolution of the Moon, the characterization of natural resources in Near-Earth Space, the assessment of the habitability conditions of Mars and other planetary bodies, impact craters and events, etc. Advances over recent years have come from comparative planetology, large-scale geological and geodynamic studies, improvements of analytical methods for in-situ, planetary mineralogical, and geochemical analyses, computerization and imaging enhancement techniques; amazing information from asteroidal, lunar, and mars meteorites, and the use of terrestrial analogs and experimental tests using planetary chambers, among others.

Specifically, this Special Issue aims to provide an outlet for the rapid and widely accessible publication of peer-reviewed studies concerning the progress of geosciences towards space, of reviews that concern the state of the art and which suggest ways forward, of highlights regarding new findings (and which account for that multidisciplinary approaches that are required to reach the present state of development in the planetary geosciences), and of attempts to predict the nature of future scientific, social, and cultural challenges.

Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Guest Editor


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  • astrogeology
  • planetary geosciences
  • Moon, Mars
  • asteroids
  • impact craters
  • Near-Earth Space
  • robotic and human exploration
  • meteorites
  • icy moons
  • extraterrestrial resources

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p. 95-116
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Geosciences 2015, 5(2), 95-116; doi:10.3390/geosciences5020095
Received: 27 June 2014 / Revised: 8 March 2015 / Accepted: 12 March 2015 / Published: 2 April 2015
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Geosciences 2015, 5(1), 30-44; doi:10.3390/geosciences5010030
Received: 31 December 2014 / Accepted: 5 February 2015 / Published: 13 February 2015
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