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.
W. Kiefer, “Mars: The Inside Story”, an EPO talk for librarians attending the “Explore Mars” workshop at the launch of NASA’s Maven mission, November 15, 2013.
W. Kiefer, “Mantle Plumes and Geologically Recent Volcanism on Mars”, abstract DI21A-2263, presented at the Fall American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA, December 20, 2013.
N. Le Corvec, P. J. McGovern, E. Grosfils, "Effects of mechanical layering on magmatic reservoir failure and magma propagation within the Venusian lithosphere." AGU Fall Meeting, 2013, abstract #V13E-2659. Poster presentation
N. LeCorvec co-convened the topical Session “Mechanisms of magma ascent and emplacement” at AGU Fall Meeting 2013
G. Kramer, Stratified ejecta boulders as indicators of layered plutons on the Moon Kickapoo Lunar Research Team, Icarus 228 (2014) p.141–148
A. Germa, L. J. Connor, E. Cañon-Tapia, and N. LeCorvec "Tectonic and magmatic controls on the location of post-subduction monogenetic volcanoes in Baja California, Mexico, revealed through spatial analysis of eruptive vents, Bulletin of Volcanology, 75, 12, 1-14
G. Kramer was interviewed about "Stratified ejecta boulders as indicators of layered plutons on the Moon," Kickapoo Lunar Research Team, publication and project featured in Science Magazine on Dec. 6, 2013, page 2.
G. Kramer was interviewed for NPR's Marketwatch Tech Report about China's mission to the Moon, Chang'e 3. Aired on Dec. 13.
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