The Planetary and Space Science Centre (PASSC) opened in April, 2001 and was the first facility of its kind in Canada.

There are four main functions of PASSC:

Planetary Research:

Current areas of Research:

  • Impact cratering on Earth (with a focus on the Manicouagan impact structure)
  • Fragmentation and brecciation processes in planetary materials
  • Frictional melting processes (including earthquake mechanics)
  • Shock metamorphism and shock melting processes
  • Martian and lunar geology, exploration and image analysis

Earth Impact Database:

The Earth Impact Database (EID) is a collection of images, publications and abstracts from around the world (compiled over the last 25 years) that provides information about confirmed impact structures for the scientific community and space enthusiasts.

Regional Planetary Image Facility:

The Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) is one of 17 worldwide NASA-designated facilities providing imagery, maps and data from NASA-led space missions by request. It is the only one of its kind in Canada. The data is available to scientists, educators, students, media and the general public for the purpose of encouraging and furthering space science studies.

High-speed impact and ballistics:

In addition to investigating natural impact-related phenomena, PASSC operates a ballistics facility that can accelerate projectiles from subsonic through to hypersonic speeds under controlled, reproducible conditions. The High-speed Impact Research and Technology (HIRT) facility is an off-campus PASSC R&D unit that is operated by a team of engineers. This facility performs impact tests for academic, aerospace, defence and space applications, and also provides high-fidelity computer simulations of high-speed impact damage and shock effects.

Contact PASSC:

Planetary and Space Science Centre
University of New Brunswick
2 Bailey Drive
New Brunswick
E3B 5A3 Canada

Telephone: (506) 453-3560



PASSC Director: John Spray
Data Manager: Data Manager

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University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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