The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration was established in June 2019 and builds on the foundations of the former Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration that was established in 2008. The Institute is home to 61 researchers from the following 8 faculties and 19 departments:
- Engineering: Civil Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
- Science: Earth Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; Chemistry.
- Health Sciences: Kinesiology; Health Studies.
- Schulich: Biochemistry; Family Medicine; Medical Biophysics; Ophthalmology; Surgery.
- Social Science: Geography, History, Psychology.
- Arts & Humanities: Philosophy.
- Education: Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics.
- Launching Western into Space: We are proposing, developing, and intend to eventually fly Western-led space missions through a scaled program of high-altitude balloon flights, develop instruments and small satellite (CubeSat) projects.
- Bringing Space Down to Earth: We are developing technologies and techniques to explore remote, difficult to reach, and/or dangerous locations on Earth (e.g., the high Arctic, deep mines, inside nuclear reactors) based on engineering solutions developed for space research.