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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.

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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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The 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, March 16–20, 2015.

This conference brought together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science. This five-day conference was be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.


P. Schenk was interviewed for National Geographic, title “Bizarre Bulge Found on Ganymede, Solar System's Largest Moon: Enormous bulge at the moon’s equator suggests Ganymede’s poles have shifted by 90 degrees."


D. Kring's article about integrated robotic and human exploration in the past and future, titled “How Robotic Probes Helped Humans Explore the Moon—And May Again” was given the cover of Eos, the Earth and Space Science forum of the American Geophysical Union.


W. Kiefer gave a seminar on “Preservation of Isotopic Heterogeneity in a Convecting Martian Mantle” as part of the  LPI Seminar Series, March 6, 2015.


W. Kiefer gave two oral presentations at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, “Density and Porosity of Lunar Impact Breccias and Impact Melt Rocks: Implications for GRAIL Gravity Modeling of the Orientale Impact Basin Structure” and “Formation and Preservation of the Depleted and Enriched Shergottite Isotopic Reservoirs in a Convecting Martian Mantle”.


W. Kiefer was allocated six Apollo lunar rock samples by NASA CAPTEM for use in an on-going study of the density, porosity, and magnetic susceptibility of lunar rocks.


W. Kiefer is a Co-Investigator on a NASA Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools program grant, “Processing and addition of ALSEP high-order Data Products and Metadata to the Planetary Data System” that has been selected for funding.


G. Kramer chaired a session at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Lunar Volatiles, Monday, March 16, 2015.



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