Research and Training for 21st Century Explorers

undergraduate and graduate levels as well as for industry professionals wanting to expand the depth and breadth of their space-relevant knowledge and skills. Through high-impact learning opportunities, including field schools in Canada and abroad, multi-venue space mission simulations (e.g. Canadian Arctic, Utah) and access to a substantial network of experts from academia, industry and government, on and off campus by virtue of our collaborations, Western Space students gain unique insights and develop the fundamental skills and networks required to support current and lead future space program research and exploration initiatives.

Western Space recognizes that research and the training of highly qualified personnel go hand in hand and that the research conducted by graduate students and senior undergraduate students is critical for the success of the research goals 1 to 3 outlined on our Research page. In partnership with departments and faculties, Western Space can play a major role in supporting a vibrant student community with interdisciplinary course and program opportunities to make Western Canada’s epicenter for training in Earth and space science and exploration. With this in mind, we define the following training goal:

Goal: Ensure that the Canadian space program has the human capacity to deliver Canada’s Space Strategy and expand opportunities in Canada for our trainees.


Welcome to Canada’s first and only graduate specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration. Started in 2008, we now have over 35 students enrolled in MSc and PhD programs. We provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience working at planetary analogue field sites<, on planetary analogue missions, on real space missions, and in the laboratory, on a variety of research themes. Our collaborative graduate specialization allows students to study a range of topics within planetary and space science and exploration, with supervisors from Faculties and Departments across campus.

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Western Space is proud to offer an undergraduate Minor in Planetary Science & Space Exploration. Consider registering for this Minor in addition to your Major/Specialization! We offer a wide variety of courses, and opportunities for hands-on minds-on learning. This interdisciplinary program is the ideal way to combine various fields of interest. In addition to providing you with academic opportunities, we also provide many students with summer research experience, allowing them to delve into every aspect of planetary science & space exploration.