Planetary Science

Where do we come from? How did our solar system come to be the way it is? Are we alone? By studying the makeup and evolution of Earth, our solar system, and planets orbiting distant stars, Caltech’s astronomers, geologists, planetary scientists, and environmental scientists and engineers are collaborating to tackle these questions. Your support can help Caltech leverage its historic partnership with JPL and unparalleled access to observatories to reveal some of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

To start a conversation about your potential gift, email give@caltech.edu or call (626) 395-4863.

Mars Makes Two

Mars is Earth’s next-door neighbor, yet the Red Planet is utterly alien—frozen, arid, and roiled by massive dust storms. However, this was not always so. Data sent back from Mars, by JPL’s robotic explorers, paint the picture of two planets that once may have been much more similar. Woody Fischer, Caltech professor of geobiology, is helping to decode the history hidden in Mars’ rocky terrain.

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Break Through Prospers

Break Through, publicly launched just over a year ago, is already the most successful campaign in Caltech’s history. In the first year of the public phase alone, gifts exceeded $400 million. And total contributions—over $1.4 billion—have surpassed the goal of Caltech’s last campaign.

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