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Scientific Staff Highlights Archive



February 2011


LPI Scientist Submit proposals to NASA LASER  (Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research)

Scientists of the LPI have submitted nine grant proposals, four as principal investigators, to the NASA LASER program. If all were funded, they would account for almost $2,000,000 to LPI/USRA. These were:

Dr. J. Gross, PI: “Spinel-rich Lithologies in the Lunar Highland Crust: Linking Lunar Samples, Crystallization Experiments, and Remote Sensing”

Dr. O. Abramov, PI: “Exploring the Lunar Bombardment History Using Shock-
    Metamorphosed Zircons.”

Dr. P. Spudis, PI: “Lunar History and Processes.”

Dr. A. Treiman: “Volatiles in the Moon’s Crust:  Constraints from Apatite, Nominally Volatile-free Minerals, and Cordierite.”

Dr. J. Park, PI: “Lunar Crustal History: A Synthesis of Isotopic and Geochemical Data”

Dr. W. Kiefer, CoI: “Complete Restoration of the ALSEP Data, April through June 1975, and the
    Associated Metadata.”

Dr. G. Kramer, CoI: “Analysis of Pyroclastic Deposits on the Moon: Characterization of Major and Minor Constituents.”

Dr. G. Kramer, CoI: “Study of the Origin of the High Surface Albedo at Lunar Magnetic Anomalies.”

Dr. D. Kring: “A Test Program for a In-Situ LDRIMS Rb-Sr Geochronology Instrument Using Lunar Analogs.”

LPI Scientist teaches international course

Dr. S. Clifford taught a short course on planetary radar for graduate students from University of Versailles, Laboratoire Atmosphères Milieux Observations Spatiales (LATMOS) in Guyancourt, France, February 15–16.
LPI Scientist in EPO presentation

Dr. J. Gross, post-doctoral fellow, was very active in LPI-sponsored EPO activities, and gave three presentations to educators. One was part of the LPI Explore program for libraries, at Allen TX; it was titled “Exploring the Moon,” and was heard by > 300 children. The other two were for FINESSE workshops for secondary educators in Minneapolis MN and San Diego CA; they were titled “Lunar Meteorites and their secrets about the origin of our Moon.”

Work by LPI scientists featured on the Lunar Photo of the Day

On two separate days, no less.



LPI Science Staff Research Progress – February 2011

Gross J., Treiman A.H., Filiberto J., and Herd C.D.K. (2010) Primitive olivine-phyric shergottite NWA 5789: Petrography, mineral chemistry and cooling history imply a magma similar to Yamato 980459. Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences 46, 116–133.

Joy K.H., Burgess R., Hinton R., Fernandes V.A., Crawford I.A., Kearsley A.T., Irving A.J., and EIMF (Petrogenesis and chronology of lunar meteorite Northwest Africa 4472: A KREEPy regolith breccia from the Moon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, in press.

Kramer G., Combe J.P., Harnett E.M., Hawke B.R., Noble S.K., Blewett D.T., McCord T., and Giguere T.A.  (2011) Characterization of lunar swirls at Mare Ingenii: A model for space  weathering at magnetic anomalies. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2010JE003669, in press.

Kramer G., Besse S., Nettles J., Combe J.P., Clark R.N., Pieters C.M., Staid M.I., Malaret E., Boardman J., Green R.O., McCord T., and Head J.W.III (2011) Newer views of the Moon: Comparing spectra from Clementine and the Moon Mineralogy Mapper Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2010JE003669, in press.

Lasue J., R. Botet, A.C. Levasseur-Regourd, E. Hadamcik, W. Kofman (2011) Appearance of layered structures in numerical simulations of polydisperse accretion: Application to cometary nuclei. Icarus in press.

Hadamcik E., Levasseur-Regourd A. C., Renard J.B., Lasue J., and Sen A. K. Polarimetric observations and laboratory simulations of asteroidal surfaces: The case of 21-Lutetia. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer in press.

Lasue J., Wiens R. C., Stepinski T. F., Forni O., Clegg S. M., Maurice S., and ChemCam team (2011) Non-linear mapping technique for visual inspection and clustering assessment of LIBS data: Application to ChemCam data. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry published online.