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.
Resources to support the scientific research and exploration strategy of the Moon
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.
D. Kring attended NASA’s “Human-Assisted Mars Sample Return With Human Spaceflight Experts” meeting. ISS Conference Facility, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. September 2014.
J. C. Andrews-Hanna, J. Besserer, J. W. Head III, C. J. A. Howett, W. S. Kiefer, P. J. Lucey, P. J. McGovern, H. J. Melosh, G. A. Neumann, R. J. Phillips, P. M. Schenk, D. E. Smith, S. C. Solomon, and M. T. Zuber (2014) Structure and evolution of the lunar Procellarum region as revealed by GRAIL gravity data, Nature 514, 68-71.
T. Platz, P. K. Byrne, M. Massironi, and H. Hiesinger (2014) [url= http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/early/2014/09/16/SP401.22.abstract}“Volcanism and tectonism across the inner solar system: an overview[/url],” Geological Society, London, Special Publications, first published doi 10.1144/SP401.22.
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
Scientist positions available at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Student Research Grants
Annual awards for research funding in the planetary sciences