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Atmospheric Science

We investigate the interactions of Earth and other planetary bodies with their environment. Our research topics include mass and energy fluxes within planets and their atmospheres, as well as snow, ice and dirt in terrestrial and space environments.

We develop instruments for use on the ground, on balloons and on spacecraft and analyse data from Earth-observing satellites and deep space probes.

Airborne experiment in microgravity

Alex Moore, PhD student in Atmospheric science at Luleå University of Technology, successfully conducted an experiment in the sky to validate penetrometry, commonly used for cheese maturation, as a method to analyse the granular surface of asteroids.

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Space technology benefits the earth

Space technology can give us a snapshot of climate change and the health of the planet. In northern Sweden, you find an infrastructure with research, education and industry in close cooperation, which contributes to the green transition.

Dvärgplaneten Ceres, saltkrater, LTU, Luleås tekniska universitet
Luleå University of Technology leads ESA study of space mission to land on dwarf planet Ceres

As part of the selection process for the next M7-mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), the mission CALICO, led by Luleå University of Technology, was selected for further study. CALICO (Ceres Autonomous Lander Into Crater Occator) is a proposal for a mission that aims to land on dwarf planet Ceres to analyse its surface material and activity.

Picture of a globe, Luleå University of Technology
EU boosts Sweden's space sector

The funds will support collaborative innovation through applied research, expanded lab and test facilities and business development for small- and medium enterprises. Led by regional development project RIT2021, the goal is to attract talent, investment and new business ventures to EU’s northernmost space hub.

Jessica Meir, NASA astronaut and Honorary Doctor at Luleå University of Technology
Weightlessness, Spider-Man and new perspectives

Jessica Meir spent 205 days in space on the International Space Station. She is a NASA astronaut, a marine biologist, and a physiologist. Jessica Meir is also Honorary Doctor at Luleå University of Technology.

KvarkenSat, Luleå University of Technology
Swedish-Finnish collaboration sends satellite to space

A collaboration between Swedish and Finnish universities and research institutes will result in a nanosatellite, KvarkenSat, being launched into orbit around the Earth. The satellite is built by researchers at Luleå University of Technology and will provide various actors with space data.