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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.

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Paper Published

Pommier, A., K. Leinenweber, D.L. Kohlstedt, C. Qi, E.J. Garnero, S.J. Mackwell and J.A. Tyburczy (2015) Experimental constraints on the electrical anisotropy of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system, Nature, 522, 202-206, doi:10.1038/nature14502

Potter,Kring, and Collins (2015) Scaling of basin-size impacts and the influence of target temperature.  In Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V, G. R. Osinski and D. A. Kring (eds.), Special Paper 518, Geological Society of America.

Joy, Visscher, Zolenksy, Mikouchi, Hagiya, Ohsumi, and Kring (2015) Identification of magnetite in lunar regolith breccia 60016: Evidence for oxidised conditions on the lunar surface.  Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

Hurwitz and Kring (2015) Potential sample sites for South Pole-Aitken basin impact melt within the Schrödinger basin.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


G. Kramer and F. Scipioni participated in NASA's Small Worlds Week tweet sessions. G. Kramer participated in Asteroids and Dwarf Planets and F. Scipioni participated in Icy Moons.


D. Kring and A. Denton, a SSERVI undergraduate summer intern, worked at Meteor Crater is featured in a full-page spread in the 15 July issue, page 34, of Eos “Postcards from the Field

P. Schenk attended the Pluto Fly by on July 14th and he was quoted in National Geographic “Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought.



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