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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.

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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.

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Field Training

D. Kring led a The Field Training and Research Program at Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field, New Mexico is a week-long field class and research project in and around the famous McCartys lava flow.

N. LeCorvec participated to the Zuni-Bandera Volcanic Field Camp.  Field training at the McCartys Lava Flow as a guest assistant instructor with David Kring, Jacob Bleacher, Brent Garry and Larry Crumpler.


P. Spudis was interviewed and quoted in Macleans Magazine, Canada. The Moon landing was a giant leap. The next leap is staying there.


W. Kiefer is a co-investigator on the DAVINCI Discovery mission proposal, which was selected by NASA for a Phase A Concept Study.

Guest Speaker

W. Kiefer gave a talk on “GRAIL Explores the Moon’s Interior” for the JSC Astronomical Society, at LPI Sept. 11.



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