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Scientific Staff Highlights Archive



June 2013


The LPI Science Staff is busy with its two major intern programs — the LPI Summer Interns, and the 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 3, 2013 through August 9, 2013.

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 28, 2013 through August 2, 2013.

Testified to House Space Subcommitte

P. Spudis testified on May 21 Next Steps in Human Exploration to Mars and Beyond


Galgana, G. A., E. B. Grosfils, and P. J. McGovern, Radial Dike Formation on Venus: Insights from Models of Uplift, Flexure and Magmatism, Icarus, 225, 538-547, 2013.

R. W. K. Potter, D. A. Kring, Gareth S. Collins, W. S. Kiefer, P. J. McGovern (2013) "Numerical modeling of the formation and structure of the Orientale impact basin", Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118, doi:10.1002/jgre.20080

P. D. Spudis, P. J. McGovern, and W. S. Kiefer (2013) "Large shield volcanoes on the Moon".   Jour. Geophys. Res. Doi: 10.1002/jgre.20059

N. Le Corvec, K. B.  Spörli, J. Rowland, and J.(2013) "Lindsay Spatial distribution and alignments of volcanic centers: Clues to the formation of monogenetic volcanic fields" Earth Science Reviews.

Grant Proposal

O. White to the Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientists solicitation on May 3rd as PI, entitled “Thermal Histories of Nearly Active Icy Moons: Mapping Crater Relaxation across Dione and Tethys”.

Invited Presentations

W. Kiefer gave a talk on “Searching for Habitable Environments on Mars” for several biotechnology classes at Clear Falls High School, May 2.


W. Kiefer participated in a GRAIL Science Team meeting, May 22-23, in Providence RI.