Lunar and Planetary Institute

LPI/JSC Joint Working Group

Thin section view of the Chassigny martian meteorite, 3.2 mm field of view, false color by crossed polarizers. The Chassigny meteorite consists mostly of the minerals olivine and pyroxene, here in shades of red to green.


The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) was formed so that scientists from around the world could interact with NASA in the performance of space science. In the early days of the space program, the LPI provided access to the lunar science and samples from the Apollo missions.


The joint JSC/LPI working group, consisting of Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) and LPI senior staff, seeks ways to work together in the advancement of space science. The working group meets monthly to provide oversight of joint ARES-LPI activities, especially those that promote community access to the unique extraterrestrial sample collections.

Sample Handling Training Opportunities

November 2016 First Hands-on Training in Coordinated Microbeam Analyses of Extraterrestrial Samples
October 30–November 1, 2017 Second Hands-on Training in Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial Samples
October 16-17, 2018 Third Hands-On Training in Handling and Manipulation of Small Extraterrestrial S​a​m​p​l​e​s​


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