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Science at LPI

The science at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is focused on the formation, evolution, and current state of our solar system through analysis of data and samples obtained through NASA’s long history of missions and exploration.  Our current major research topics include the origin and evolution of the early solar system; petrology and geochemistry of planetary materials and volatiles; planetary interiors, volcanism, and tectonism; and impact cratering.

  Research Foci

Lunar Science and Exploration

Resources to support the scientific research and exploration strategy of the Moon

Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and is designed to investigate lunar science issues, develop strategies for future lunar exploration, and train a new community of talent that will be needed to assure the success of the Constellation Program.

  Staff Highlights Archive


J. D. Muirhead, S. A. Kattenhorn, and N. Le Corvec (2015) Varying styles of magmatic strain accommodation across the East African Rift. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. DOI: 10.1002/2015GC005918.

P. K. Byrne, C. Klimczak, P. J. McGovern, E. Mazaricod, P. B. Jamese, G. A. Neumannd, M. T. Zuberf, S. C. Solomonb (2015) Deep-seated thrust faults bound the Mare Crisium lunar mascon.  DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.022.


W. Kiefer gave a presentation titled “Terrestrial Planetary Interiors,” at Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), as part of the LPI Intern Brownbag Series, in the Hess Room on July 8, 2015.

W. Kiefer gave a presentation at the Mars Through Time Teacher Workshop,  “Mars: The Inside Story”, July 15, 2015 and “Small Body Geology: Vesta, Ceres, and Pluto”, at LPI July 16, 2015.

W. Kiefer gave a presentation for the United Space School, at University of Houston Clear Lake, titled “Mars Volcanism and Tectonism”, July 29, 2015.



LPI Summer Intern Program
Experience cutting-edge research with LPI or JSC scientist mentors

Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program
Work with a scientist mentor to integrate science priorities with NASA's lunar exploration initiatives

Positions Available
Scientist positions available at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Student Research Grants
Annual awards for research funding in the planetary sciences