Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor in Planetary Science



m.galand Website




Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Member, Space and Atmospheric Physics Group.

Member, Imperial Space Lab.

Interest: Energy deposition in planetary atmospheres.

Latest news from the team:

* "Imperial Lates: Space", 7 Dec 2023, Register and join us to learn more about the Comet Interceptor mission

* "The Ionosphere of Ganymede", in Ganymede, Cambridge University Press, 9781108966474, Jan 2024.

* Marina awarded the James Dungey Lecture, Royal Astronomical Society, London, 10 November 2023.

* ESA/Comet Interceptor gets the go-ahead

* Pete awarded the 2022 Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize from the Royal Astronomy Society for his thesis on "Origin, Evolution and Impact of Electrons at comet 67P".

* Aurora in the Solar System: What they can teach us

For further information, consult my additional professional webpage


Academic Coordinator, Year Abroad Exchange programme [2023-present]

Lecturer, Magnetism (Year 1) [2022-present]

Lecturer, Space Physics (Year 4) [2018-2022]

Lecturer, Vector Calculus (Year 1) [2014-2018]

Lecturer, Atmospheric Physics (Year 4) [2009-2013]



Jones GH, Snodgrass C, Tubiana C, et al., 2024, The Comet Interceptor Mission., Space Sci Rev, Vol:220, ISSN:0038-6308

Stephenson P, Beth A, Deca J, et al., 2023, The source of electrons at comet 67P, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:525, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:5041-5065

Fletcher LN, Cavalié T, Grassi D, et al., 2023, Jupiter science Enabled by ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Space Science Reviews, Vol:219, ISSN:0038-6308

Lewis ZM, Beth A, Altwegg K, et al., 2023, Origin and trends in NH4+ observed in the coma of 67P, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:523, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:6208-6219

Leblanc F, Roth L, Chaufray JY, et al., 2023, Ganymede's atmosphere as constrained by HST/STIS observations, Icarus, Vol:399, ISSN:0019-1035

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