Lunar and Planetary Institute
Lunar and Planetary Institute



Taylor to be Featured Speaker in Cosmic Explorations Public Lecture
on April 17

April 11, 2008

Artist's concept of a Moon settlement.The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), in continuation of its 40th anniversary celebration, is pleased to present the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.

In To the Moon!  Its Science, Mysteries, and Future Settlements, Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor, a professor of planetary science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, offers scientific insight into the Moon and its unexplored mysteries, and describes why scientists and explorers want to return to Earth’s neighbor.

Taylor is widely recognized in the planetary science community for his lunar research, and has served on and chaired many NASA committees on missions to the Moon and Mars. Taylor’s research has focused on using Apollo samples and data collected by numerous spacecraft missions to understand the general composition of the Moon’s surface and interior and how its geology compares with Earth’s. His studies have improved our understanding of how our Moon and the planets formed and changed, and his research encompasses planning future human and robotic exploration of the Moon and use of resources found there.

“The Moon is the eighth continent,” Taylor says. “Its settlement will enable us to use all the space near the Earth and Moon, for both science and commerce.” He notes that the Moon contains vital evidence about planet formation, melting, and early impact bombardment of the inner solar system. “Settling the Moon will allow us to decipher that complex record.”

This presentation is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, and all inquisitive adults are welcome. After the conclusion of the talk, all are invited to stay for a light reception during which guests will have an opportunity to meet the speaker.

LPI is located in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard in the Clear Lake region of Houston; the entrance is located on Middlebrook Drive.

For further information about this or any of the presentations in the Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series, please contact Christine Shupla at 281-486-2135 ([email protected]) or visit


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Last updated April 11, 2008