The State of Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa

EOS reports that Africa has an enormous potential to provide insights into planetary and space sciences, but it has remained largely untapped. Fostering a new generation of scientists promises far-reaching benefits.

The scientific and societal value of exploring our solar system and studying the meteorites that fall to Earth is widely accepted in today’s scientific community. However, not all regions of the world have been able to assert themselves in this endeavor. Africa in particular is underrepresented in planetary and space sciences.

Planetary and space science (PSS) research groups are now emerging in Africa, but they remain scattered and underfunded. EOS reviews the PSS programs in Africa and pinpoints ways to further elevate PSS.

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