Comparative Planetary Evolution
The Caltech Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution (3CPE) brings together perspectives and methodologies from astronomy, geology, and biology to explore how planetary systems and their biospheres form and evolve. Your investment will promote innovative collaborations and support researchers as they investigate the origins of life on Earth, explore habitable environments on Mars, simulate and map Jupiter’s icy moons, and build cutting-edge instruments to search for and explore habitable planets beyond the solar system. To start a conversation about your potential gift, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 395-4863.
HD 187123 b is Cam Buzard’s favorite planet. About 160 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, it circles a star about as massive as our sun—only so close that a year flies by in three days. It weighs more than 150 Earths and sizzles at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
In this issue of The Caltech Effect, we explore the notion of familial ties across many dimensions—generations, labs, even the Milky Way.
Caltech geochemist John Eiler aims to reveal “the genetics of everything”—the history of each molecule in the natural world as written in its isotopic structure. What he finds out could have implications for ventures ranging from the study of meteorites to medical diagnosis and treatment.