Thomas O. Paine, NASA Administrator, speaks at the dedication of the Lunar Science Institute.
The Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference is held in Houston, Texas. The conference was the precursor to the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, now in its 49th year.
The first meeting of the Lunar Sample Review Board, with William W. Rubey as Chairman, meets at LSI.
The Soviets launch Luna 16, which is the first robotic spacecraft to successfully return lunar soil.
The Lunar Science Institute assumes editorial responsibility for the Proceedings of the Second Lunar Science Conference, held in Houston, Texas.
Joseph W. Chamberlain is appointed Director of the Institute.
Apollo 15 astronauts drive in the first lunar rover.
Mariner 9 is the first spacecraft to orbit Mars, mapping 100% of the martian surface.
The Third Lunar Science Conference, co-sponsored by LSI and NASA, moves from downtown Houston to the Manned Spacecraft Center.
Pioneer 10 is launched, returning the first close-up images of Jupiter in 1973.
LSI acquires its first computer, a PDP 11/20 manufactured by the Digital Equipment Corporation.
Apollo 17 is launched, the final mission of the Apollo program.
LSI sponsors and hosts the conference Geophysical and Geochemical Exploration of the Moon and Planets.
David Strangway is appointed LSI Interim Director.
James Head is appointed LSI Interim Director.
Mariner 10 launches toward Venus and Mercury.
The first issue of the Lunar Science Information Bulletin is published.
Mariner 10 is the first spacecraft to fly by Mercury.
The Fifth Lunar Science Conference is held, with 565 in attendance. The conference is dedicated to the late Dr. Paul W. Gast, who contributed so greatly to the lunar program.
Robert O. Pepin is appointed LSI Director.
The Lunar Geology Short Course, offered to 25 junior-college earth science educators from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, is the first educational initiative conducted by the LSI. The course was organized by Russ Merrill, Ron Greeley, and Pete Schultz.
The European Space Agency is formed.
A film crew from USSR national television files a short special on the function, organization, and activities of the LSI as part of their coverage of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) and the American space program.
NASA launches Viking 1.
The Soviet Venera 9 lander returns with the first pictures from the surface of Venus.
The Conference on Origins of Mare Basalts and Their Implications for Lunar Evolution is held. Discussions at the conference lead to the inception of the Basaltic Volcanism Study Project.
Viking 1 lands on Mars.
The Luna 24 sample return mission to the Moon returns with 170 grams of lunar material.
NASA publicly unveils the space shuttle Enterprise at a ceremony in Palmdale, California.
The first inter-team meeting of the Basaltic Volcanism Study Project is held at LSI.
The Conference on Comparisons of Mercury and the Moon is hosted and sponsored by LSI. The meeting is the Institute's first conference in the area of comparative planetology.
The first class of LSI Summer interns arrives.
Thomas R. McGetchin is appointed LSI Director.
LSI enters into partnership with NASA Ames to support a research program for the Ames Vertical Ballistic Gun Range.
John R. Sevier is appointed LSI Associate Director.
Voyager 2 launches on a grand tour of the outer planets.
The Conference on Luna 24 is held in Houston.
USRA Headquarters moves from Houston to Columbia, Maryland.
The Institute's name is changed from Lunar Science Institute to Lunar and Planetary Institute.
The Caribbean Plate Workshop, focusing on the western Caribbean, explores such geological issues as plate tectonics and volcanology. The workshop generates a three-year study project focusing on geodynamics and volcanology.
The Workshop on Mars brings together Viking researchers to discuss igneous petrology and weathering processes on the Red Planet.
The U.S. Pioneer Venus Orbiter launches.
At the Workshop on Experimental Approaches to Comets, researchers discuss observational and modeling techniques and the Comet Rendezvous mission.
At the Workshop on How to Explore for Lunar Resources, representatives from government, universities, and industry discuss concepts of lunar resource utilization, particularly in situ instrument needs.
Venera 12 enters the Venus atmosphere and lands on the surface.
The Workshop on Ancient Crust of the Terrestrial Planets is held at the LPI.
The first volcanic plume on Io is discovered in Voyager 1 images.
The Tenth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is held at the Gilruth Center, with 745 in attendance.
At the Workshop on Glass and Ceramics Industry in Space Based on Lunar Materials, representatives from the glass and ceramic industry meet with researchers to discuss the feasibility of manufacturing glass and ceramics on the Moon.
John R. Sevier is appointed LPI Acting Director.
Pioneer 11 takes first close-up images as it reaches Saturn.
Roger J. Phillips is appointed LPI Director.
The LPI Topical Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust is held in Houston, resulting in the publication of the Proceedings of the Lunar Highlands Crust.
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