Lunar and Planetary Institute

Terrestrial Planets: The Cratering Process

Dr. Virgil Sharpton

Dr. Virgil L. Sharpton
Senior Staff Scientist

Dr. Sharpton's research focuses on deriving a better understanding of the cratering process and how impact events have shaped the geological evolution of terrestrial planets and the biological evolution of planet Earth. He has taken a multidisciplinary approach over his three-decade-long career. The methods he has used include field validation studies, remote sensing/image processing, synthetic aperture radar (processing and interpretation), geophysical exploration techniques, petrographic microscopy (including universal-stage and refractive index measurements), and instrumental geochemical techniques.


He is particularly interested in the new high-resolution data gathered from recent lunar orbital missions. He believes that these resources hold considerable potential for advancing our knowledge of the process
and planetary consequences of hypervelocity impact.

Connect With Us!
LPI Email Newsletters
Back to top