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.
On October 13, P. Spudis was interviewed for a streaming video series on The Curiosity Channel, "The Moon Reconsidered"
P. Spudis hosted an organizing committee meeting for Lunar Conference to be held in September, 2016 at University of Houston with Professors Bonnie Dunbar and Ralph Metcalfe, University of Houston.
Lillis, Robert J., Josef Dufek, Walter S. Kiefer, Benjamin A. Black, Michael Manga, Jacob A. Richardson, and Jacob E. Bleacher (2015) The Syrtis Major volcano, Mars: A multidisciplinary approach to interpreting its magmatic evolution and structural development, J. Geophys. Res.: Planets 120, doi:10.1002/2014JE004774, 1476-1496.
Neumann, Gregory A., Maria T. Zuber, Mark A. Wieczorek, James W. Head, David M. H. Baker, Sean C. Solomon, David E. Smith, Frank G. Lemoine, Erwan Mazarico, Terence J. Sabaka, Sanders Goossens, H. Jay Melosh, Roger J. Phillips, Sami W. Asmar, Alexander S. Konopliv, James G. Williams, Michael M. Sori, Jason M. Soderblom, Katarina Miljković, Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna, Francis Nimmo, and Walter S. Kiefer, (2015) Lunar impact basins revealed by Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory measurements, Science Advances 1, e1500852.
Kramer, G. Y., B. Jaiswal, B. R. Hawke, T. Öhman, T. A. Giguere, and K. Johnson (2015) The basalts of Mare Frigoris, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JE004753.
G. R. Osinski and D. A. Kring (editors) Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V, Special Paper 518, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, 227 pp., 2015.
LPI Summer Intern Program
Experience cutting-edge research with LPI or JSC scientist mentors
Exploration Science 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