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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


P. Byrne was awarded a NASA travel award to participate at the Second 2014 Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) meeting in Bethesda, MD, July 23–24, 2014.

P. Spudis, received the “2014 Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Award”.


N. Le Corvec, T.  R. Walter, J. R., A. Bonforte, and G. Puglisi. “Experimental Study of the Interplay Between Magmatic Rift Intrusion and Flank Instability with Application to the 2001 Mount Etna Eruption,” Volume 119, Issue 7, pages 5356–5368, July 2014 DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011224

Highlighted on a Webpage

N. Le Corvec was highlighted in Large Igneous Provinces Commission (LIP) for his paper titled “Magma Emplacement at Large Igneous Provinces,” for the month of July 2014.


P. Spudis attended NASA Space Exploration Forum (NESF) at NASA-Ames, July 20-24


P. Spudis was invited to talk at NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF), “The Moon as an Enabling Asset for Spaceflight,” on July 23, 2014

P. Spudis presented a new science mission concept to the First Moon Express (ME) Mission Meeting, at ME Headquarters, NASA-Ames.



LPI Summer Intern Program
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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