The science at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is focused on the formation, evolution, and current state of our solar system through analysis of data and samples obtained through NASA’s long history of missions and exploration. Our current major research topics include the origin and evolution of the early solar system; petrology and geochemistry of planetary materials and volatiles; planetary interiors, volcanism, and tectonism; and impact cratering.
Resources to support the scientific research and exploration strategy of the Moon
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and is designed to investigate lunar science issues, develop strategies for future lunar exploration, and train a new community of talent that will be needed to assure the success of the Constellation Program.
P. Byrne was awarded a NASA travel award to participate at the Second 2014 Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) meeting in Bethesda, MD, July 23–24, 2014.
P. Spudis, received the “2014 Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Award”.
N. Le Corvec, T. R. Walter, J. R., A. Bonforte, and G. Puglisi. “Experimental Study of the Interplay Between Magmatic Rift Intrusion and Flank Instability with Application to the 2001 Mount Etna Eruption,” Volume 119, Issue 7, pages 5356–5368, July 2014 DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011224
N. Le Corvec was highlighted in Large Igneous Provinces Commission (LIP) for his paper titled “Magma Emplacement at Large Igneous Provinces,” for the month of July 2014.
P. Spudis attended NASA Space Exploration Forum (NESF) at NASA-Ames, July 20-24
P. Spudis presented a new science mission concept to the First Moon Express (ME) Mission Meeting, at ME Headquarters, NASA-Ames.
LPI Summer Intern Program
Experience cutting-edge research with LPI or JSC scientist mentors
Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program
Work with a scientist mentor to integrate science priorities with NASA's lunar exploration initiatives
Scientist positions available at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Student Research Grants
Annual awards for research funding in the planetary sciences