Commemorating 50 Years of Planetary Science at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), established in 1968, is devoted to the study of the formation of the solar system, its evolution into the dynamic planetary system we have today, and the potential for life elsewhere.

To commemorate the LPI’s 50th anniversary, a one-day science symposium was held on March 17, 2018, in the Lecture Hall of the Universities Space Research Association building in Houston, Texas. The symposium program was organized starting with the inner planets extending to the outer solar system and beyond. The talks were presented by leaders in the planetary science community, many of whom were former LPI scientists and interns.

In this issue, we highlight Dr. Ben Bussey (NASA), who presented Revealing the Moon: Fifty Years of Discovery at the Lunar Science (and Planetary) Institute on behalf of Dr. Paul Spudis, of the LPI.