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LPI Welcomes the Return of Dr. Paul Spudis

February 8, 2008

Dr. Paul SpudisThe Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Spudis will be joining their scientific staff in Houston, Texas, as a Senior Lunar Scientist.

“Paul Spudis has been a long-time friend of the LPI,” said Dr. Stephen Mackwell, Director of the LPI. “We are all very excited to have him back on staff.”

Spudis joins an established core of lunar scientists currently at and associated with the LPI studying a diverse array of lunar topics including impact cratering and the lunar cataclysm, lunar petrology, and the physical and chemical properties of lunar dust and regolith. Spudis will add yet another dimension to the Institute’s work, in particular bringing his expertise in the interpretation of remote sensing data of the Moon.

“I am looking forward to returning to my old home at the Institute. I hope to be able to continue to support the LPI mission to explore the solar system and conduct research on lunar processes and history,” said Spudis.

Spudis was a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy in 2004. He also served as the deputy leader of the science team for the Department of Defense/NASA Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. Spudis is currently serving as the Principle Investigator of the mini-RF radar imaging experiment on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon and as a team member of the mini-RF experiment on the U.S. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, both scheduled for launch in 2008.

The LPI is celebrating its 40th anniversary, established in 1968 during the Apollo missions to nurture an emerging lunar and planetary science community. Over the past four decades the Institute has served as an international leader and focal point for what is now a diverse and thriving lunar and planetary science community.

The LPI is managed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) , a national, nonprofit consortium of universities chartered in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences at the request of NASA. USRA operates programs and institutes focused on research and education in most of the disciplines engaged in space-related science and engineering. Institutional membership in USRA now stands at 101 leading research universities.

For more information on Spudis, visit

Dr. Paul D. Spudis

Spudis Lunar Resources

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Last updated February 8, 2008