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.
The LPI’s second annual Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program finished on August 8th. Each student presented their research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science.
W . S. Kiefer, . W. K. Potter, P. J. McGovern, G. S. Collins, and D. A. Kring, Thermal Evolution of Lunar Impact Basins and Implications for Mascon Formation, presented at the Conference on Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution, abstract 3009, August 2013.
Using LPI funding V. A. Valencia, K. Righter, J. Rosas-Elguera, M. Lo´pez-Martı´nez, and M. Grove "The age and composition of the pre-Cenozoic basement of the Jalisco Block: implications for and relation to the Guerrero composite terrane"
W. Kiefer and P. McGovern participated in the GRAIL science team meeting, August 21-22, 2013.
W. S. Kiefer, GRAIL Explores the Moon’s Interior, invited seminar, Dept. Earth Science, Rice University, August 29, 2013.
O. White, talk at AMES, on August 1st. “Crater Relaxation on the Saturnian Mid-Sized Icy Satellites and its Relation to their Thermal Histories”
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