Lunar and Planetary Institute
Lunar and Planetary Institute



Public Lecture on Thursday, April 23

April 13, 2009

Earthrise as seen by the Kaguya spacecraft.The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites all inquisitive adults to join us for Dr. Paul Spudis’ presentation “A New Light on the Moon.” This free public presentation on Thursday, April 23, is part of the Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), as we celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.

Spudis, a senior staff scientist at the LPI, is leading some of the current international efforts to understand the Moon’s evolution, including the mini-RF imaging radar on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon, currently mapping permanently dark regions of the Moon’s poles and searching for evidence of water ice deposits. Spudis will share the latest results of the current missions at the Moon, and describe how anticipated — and surprising — findings are changing the way we see the Moon.

Spudis’ research focuses on the geological history and evolution of the Moon and processes of impact and volcanism that have shaped its surface. He has served on multiple teams to devise scientific strategies of lunar exploration, including a White House panel that in 1990–1991 analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars.

LPI’s Cosmic Exploration presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be followed by a light reception. No reservation is necessary, and all interested adults are welcome. LPI is located in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058; the entrance is located on Middlebrook Drive.

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Cosmic Explorations:  A Speaker Series

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Last updated April 14, 2009