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Scientific Staff Highlights Archive



May 2011


LPI Science News

The LPI Science Staff is busy with its two major intern programs — the LPI summer interns, and the CLSE lunar exploration interns.

The [url=http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/]LPI Summer Intern Program[url] invites fourteen upper-level undergraduates to work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at NASA Johnson Space Center on a cutting-edge research problem in lunar and planetary science. The 10-week program runs from June 6 to August 12.

The Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program, sponsored by the NASA Lunar Science Institute through the LPI’s Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, invites ten graduate students in planetary sciences to work in selecting lunar sites and missions that will address the NRC’s science priorities of lunar exploration. The 10-week program runs from May 31 through August 5.

LPI Science Staff Research Progress – Submitted proposals

Usui, T (PI) and Kiefer, W, “Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Geochemical Evolution and Thermal Structure of the Martian Mantle: Test for the Martian Magma Ocean Hypothesis,” NASA Cosmochemistry program, submitted May 2011

McGovern, P. (PI) and Galgana, G., “Growth and Evolution of Large Volcanoes on Venus: Insights from Advanced Numerical Modeling of Lithospheric Response to Volcanic Loading,” NASA PGG program, submitted June 2011

Gross, J. PI: "Spinel-rich Lithologies in the Lunar Highland Crust: Linking Lunar Samples, Crystallization Experiments and Remote Sensing" NASA Cosmochemistry program, submitted May 2011.

A.H. Treiman and J. Gross Co-I: "Volatiles in the Moon’s Highlands Crust: Interpreting its Apatite, Nominally Volatile-Free Minerals, and Cordierite" NASA Cosmochemistry program, submitted May 2011

Workshops Attended

Galgana, G. attended the Crustal Deformation Modeling Workshop by the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG) (June 20–24).

White, O., attended the SETI Institute Workshop on Enceladus in Mountain View, California on May 23 and 24.
Invited Presentations

Galgana G., "Radial Dike Formation on Venus: Insights from Models of Uplift, Flexure and Magmatism," for the USRA-IIST Student internship Closing Ceremony, June 23, 2011.

Spudis, P., attended International Space Development Conf. 2011 in Huntsville AL.  Presented invited paper on "Affordable Lunar Return"  Received 2011 Space Pioneer Award from National Space Society

Spudis, P., presented invited review on radar experiment at LPI “Wet vs. Dry Moon” workshop, June 13–15.

Spudis, P., attended LEAG special meeting on next steps in robotic exploration, June 16–17.

Gross, J., and Treiman A.H. presented “Exploring the Moon” to 5th –grade students at KE Little Elementary School (Dickinson, TX), May 6th 2011.

LPI Science Staff – Publications

Weider S. Z., Swinyard B. M., Kellett B. J., Howe C. J., Joy K. H., Crawford I. A., Gow J., Smith D. R. (2011). “Planetary X-ray fluorescence analogue laboratory experiments and an elemental abundance algorithm for C1XS.Planetary and Space Science. doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.05.005

Joy K. H. “The Canyon Diablo Meteorite: Evidence of the Near-Earth Object that formed Barringer Crater.” Lunar Analogue Training at Meteor Crater, Arizona & the San Francisco Volcanic Field, AZ. April 28. Edited by >Abramov, O., pp.51–58, 2011.

LPI Staff Hosts High School

Spudis, P. – May 3 – hosted Kingwood HS debate team for tour and briefing on state of space program.