The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) is the scientific research unit within the National Air and Space Museum. Its scientists conduct an active research program in planetary and terrestrial geology and geophysics including work involving Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and icy outer-planet satellites.
In 2015, CEPS scientists published 28 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Six of these appeared in the high-impact journals Science, Geology, and Geophysical Research Letters. Three of the six papers were first-authored by CEPS scientists.
There are many major projects taking place in CEPS, some involving direct participation in current planetary missions. The projects below are just highlights; a link to a complete list of CEPS research is at the bottom.