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The Impacts and Astromaterials Research Centre addresses a wide range of fundamental planetary science questions ranging from the origins of the Solar System to the continuing evolution of the planets, asteroids and comets.

The IARC initiative brings together planetary scientists, facilities and resources from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering (ESE), Imperial College London and the Mineralogy Department of The Natural History Museum (NHM) into a multidisciplinary centre committed to the characterisation of the processes and materials that dictate the nature of planetary bodies and systems.

The research conducted by IARC focuses on combining the computational modelling of processes, the characterisation of meteorites and cosmic dust, and the interpretation of space mission data to address problems in planetary science.