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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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A. Treiman received as part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) CheMin team the NASA Group Achievement Award MSL CheMin Instrument Development and Science Team for exceptional achievement defining CheMin’s scientific goals and requirements, developing the instrument and investigation, and operating CheMin successfully on Mars.

Career Development Award

13 recipients (out of 50 applicants) were selected for the Career Development Award. Awardees to be announced at the 46th LPSC.


T. Platz, M. Massironi, P. K. BYRNEand H. Hiesinger (2015) "Volcanism and Tectonism Across the Inner Solar System," Geological Society of London Special Publication 401, 2015.


A. Treiman presented an invited talk at the Science Team meeting for Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft mission.


D. Kring co-convened the Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment III at the USRA facility in Houston, TX, February, 2015.  The previous (2012) edition of the workshop generated several high-profile papers and it looks the recent workshop will have a similar influence on the field.

D. Hurwitz attended the Bombardment III workshop hosted at LPI, gave two oral presentations, entitled: “Identifying the Geologic Context of Apollo 17 Aphanitic, Ophitic, and Poikilitic Impact Melt Breccias” and “Potential samples sites for South Pole – Aitken Basin Impact Melt Sheet: Composition and Sampling Destinations



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