School of Earth and Space Exploration

ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration was designed to bridge the study of terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments, and to create a holistic view of planet Earth. Students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems in the earth, environmental, and planetary sciences by integrating experimental, observational, computational, theoretical and field-based approaches.

The school conducts field work on every continent on Earth; sends probes to the Moon, Mars, Venus and Mercury; and employs ground-based and orbiting telescopes to interrogate deep space. Scientists within the School of Earth and Space Exploration have supported instrumentation to examine the geology, chemistry and mineralogy of the Red Planet. These instruments include the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument and Chemin, as well as the Curiosity rover's cameras Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) and MastCam. A full-scale model of the Curiosity rover, bedded on reddish-brown sand, can be found in the ISTB IV building, which also houses the Marston Exploration Theater, the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, the Center for Meteorite Studies and other cutting-edge science and engineering facilities.

Graduates of our programs are prepared to successfully conquer the many chal­lenges of tomorrow from the management and sustainable exploration of natural resources, to life in extreme environments and building instruments to enable scientific research on Earth and in space. Melding the creative strengths of science and engineering, the research and educational activities of the School of Earth and Space Exploration set the stage for a new era of exploration – of Earth, of space, and of the future.

Our school, ranked in the top 20 in the nation for earth sciences, is also home to the ASU/NASA Space Grant Program, Mars Space Flight Facility, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Center for Meteorite Studies, Mars Education program, Earthscope program, The Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies and the Marston Exploration Theater.