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Science at LPI



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.


  Research Foci

Lunar Science and Exploration

Resources to support the scientific research and exploration strategy of the Moon

Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

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.

  Staff Highlights Archive

New Saturn Map


P.  Schenk created new maps using data gathered by NASA's Cassini spacecraft over the past 10 years, shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons - Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus. NASA Reveals Best-Ever Maps of Saturn's Icy Moons and Saturn's Moons: What a Difference a Decade Makes.

In Press

N. J. Potts, A. L. Gullikson, N. M. Curran, J. K. Dhaliwal, M. K. Leader, R. N. Rege, K. K. Klaus, and D. A. Kring (2014) Robotic traverse and sample return strategies for a lunar farside mission to the Schrödinger basin.  Advances in Space Research, in press. The paper describes how and where a robotic rover can collect samples that can then be launched to astronauts in the Orion vehicle for return to Earth.  This paper is a product of our Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program.

Presented

P. Spudis was invited to speak at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014, on Impact melts of the Orientale and Imbrium basins.

N. LeCorvec chaired Mechanisms of Magma Ascent, Emplacement, and Extrusion I Posters and Mechanisms of Magma Ascent, Emplacement, and Extrusion II at  AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014.

E. Klein, N. LeCorvec, and G. Galgana Comparison of numerical approaches for modeling gravitationally-induced horizontal deviatoric stresses within a Hawaiian basaltic shield volcano at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014.

N. Lecorvec presented a poster at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 15-19, 2014. Influence of an ocean on the propagation of magmas within an oceanic basaltic shield volcano.

 

Opportunities


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


Positions Available
Scientist positions available at the Lunar and Planetary Institute


Student Research Grants
Annual awards for research funding in the planetary sciences