The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) have a long and successful history of collaborative research and exploration activities that began with the Apollo program. LPI and JSC have harnessed that heritage to build the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) to better support our nation's lunar science and exploration activities.
The Center is an integral part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and is designed to:
- Develop a core, multi-institutional lunar science program that addresses the highest science priorities identified by the National Research Council for NASA;
- Provide scientific and technical expertise to NASA that will infuse its lunar research programs, including developing investigations that influence current and future space missions:
- Support the development of a lunar science community that both captures the surviving Apollo experience and trains the next generation of lunar science researchers; and
- Use that core lunar science program to develop education and public outreach programs that will energize and capture the imagination of K-14 audiences and the general public.