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Scientific Staff Highlights Archive



June 2012


The LPI Science Staff is busy with its two major intern programs — the LPI Summer Interns, and the CLSE Lunar Exploration Interns.

The LPI Summer Intern Program invites twelve 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 4 to August 10.

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 29 through August 4.


Howard, A.D., J.M. Moore, P.M. Schenk, O.L. White, and J. Spencer (2012) Sublimation-driven erosion on Hyperion: Topographic analysis and landform simulation model tests.  Icarus, 220, pp. 268-276, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.013

T. Niihara, H. Kaiden, K. Misawa, T. Sekine, T. Mikouchi, (2012) “U-Pb isotopic systematics of shock-loaded and annealed baddeleyite: Implications for crystallization ages of Martian meteorite shergottites" Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


Kiefer, W., Guest Scientist for NASA’s GRAIL mission, working on the project “The Density of the Lunar Crust and Implications for the Moon’s Early Volcanic History”


Keifer, W. presented several talks;

June 20 for LPI-JSC Lunar Exploration Interns, "Gravity and Topography Constraints on Lunar Crustal Structure"  

June 25 for LPI-JSC Lunar Exploration Interns, "Lunar Heat Flow and Thermal Evolution"
June 26 for The Unknown Moon teacher workshop, "A Brief Geologic History of the Moon"

Niihara, T. presented and invited keynote talk at the 22nd V.M. Goldschmidt Conference (Montreal, Canada). "U-Pb isotopic systematics on shock-metamorphosed baddeleyite."