About the Center

Space science is the province of multiple disciplines. Understanding the formation and evolution of the solar system, the galaxy, or the universe is equally the task of the cosmochemist who measures isotopic effects in meteorites, the astronomer who observes planetary atmospheres or interstellar dust, and the astrophysicist who studies high energy emissions and gravitational effects of neutron star mergers.

Faculty, researchers, and students of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences belong to one of the traditional science departments, yet overlap in their research. Members of the Center enjoy the diversity of research being conducted and consider the eclectic nature of the Center to be one of the most important aspects of the space sciences program at Washington University.

The McDonnell Center plays a key role at Washington University through endowed professorships, supporting acquisition of sophisticated instrumentation, hiring new faculty, supporting postdoctoral and graduate student fellowships, administering visiting scientist programs, seeding innovative research, and fostering wide-reaching collaborations.  

As we look to the future, space science is central to humanity’s aspiration for knowledge as we seek to explore and comprehend our surroundings and our beginnings.     

Postdoc Focus

Zoltán Váci 

Searching for answers on very unique samples... or are they just super weird?

 

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St. Louis Astronomical Society - Multi-Messenger Astronomy for the Amateur

St. Louis Astronomical Society - Multi-Messenger Astronomy for the Amateur

ZOOM
   XV International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology

XV International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology

Knight Executive Education and Conference Center
     Distinguished Lecture with Nobel Laureate Adam Riess on The Expansion of the Universe

Distinguished Lecture with Nobel Laureate Adam Riess on The Expansion of the Universe

Graham Chapel
Novel particle detector used to study alternate path to carbon creation in stars

Novel particle detector used to study alternate path to carbon creation in stars

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