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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

The LPI Science Staff is busy with the LPI Summer Intern Program.

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 2, 2014–August 8, 2014. P. Spudis and D. Draper are the main scientific advisiors.

Invited Talks and Seminars

P. Spudis attended Rice Univ. Baker Institute International Space Medicine Summit and presented invited luncheon keynote talk on Return to the Moon, on June 6 2014.

P. Byrne was invited to present a talk on June 18 on effusive volcanism on Mercury during the  48th ESLAB Symposium, which was held at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on  June 17-20, 2014.

P. Byrne gave an invited seminar on the global contraction of Mercury at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK., June 23.

W. Kiefer gave a presentation on “A Brief Geologic History of the Moon” for the Solar System Exploration Pre-service Teacher Institute, held at LPI, June 24.


W. Kiefer participated in a Workshop on Venus Seismology, hosted by Caltech’s Keck Institute for Space Science, June 2-6.

W. Kiefer gave a talk on “Rift System Architecture on Venus and Implications for Lithospheric Structure” for the Venus Explorations Target Workshop, held at LPI, May 19.

G. Kramer attended 3 lunches with the teachers who attended LPI's week-long teacher's workshop June 23-27.

G. Kramer invited to speak at "Workshop for Excellence in Higher Education", in Boston, MA, May 31- June 1, 2014, and in Jackson, MS, June 7-8, 2014.



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