Founded at the height of the Apollo program in 1968, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is proud to share our resources with the world as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo and look to the future. Below are links to LPI’s collections of lunar science and exploration resources as well as links to resources available for your Apollo anniversary events.
A digital library of photographic panoramas captured by Apollo astronauts while exploring the Moon's surface. These images provide a spectacular boots-on-the-ground view of the lunar landscape.
This digital archive contains imagery found in Bowker and Hughes NASA Special Paper 206. This online archive offers many improvements upon its original hardbound predecessor including multiple search capabilities to expedite locating images and features of interest. To aid in feature identification, annotated versions of each image are included with the original
A collection of topographic, geologic, and shaded relief maps and charts of the Moon in a variety of scales.
...To Prepare for the Future
Mission to the Lunar Farside
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) have a long and successful history of collaborative research and exploration activities that began with the Apollo program. The LPI and JSC have harnessed that heritage to build the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration to better support our nation’s new lunar science and exploration activities.
NASA created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to address basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies.
"The NASA Administrator shall, 'Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.“
The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) was established in 2004 to support NASA in providing analysis of scientific, technical, commercial, and operational issues in support of lunar exploration.