Lunar and Planetary Institute

Lunar and Planetary Institute The Lunar and Planetary Institute is a research institute that provides support services to NASA and the planetary science community, and conducts planetary science research.
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The Lunar and Planetary Institute was first described by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 as “a center of research where scientists working in the sciences of space cooperate to profoundly affect the community’s knowledge of the universe.” The Institute serves in three main capacities:

Research Science: The Institute is a center for lunar and planetary science, conducting research studies on the formation, evolution, and current state of the Moon, planets, comets, asteroids, planetary satellites, cosmic dust, and our solar system as a whole through analysis of data and samples obtained through NASA’s long history of missions and exploration. Service to NASA and the Planetary Science Community: The Institute coordinates scientific meetings on lunar and planetary topics, and disseminates scientific information through technical journals and conferences, including an abstract database of more than 25,000 presentations made by scientists at LPI-sponsored meetings. The Institute also curates an extensive collection of lunar and planetary data that is accessible online. Education and Public Outreach: The Institute develops education and public outreach programs that engage families, educators and students in space science and enhance the public appreciation of lunar and planetary science.

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Join us on Thursday, May 13, for the next Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series event. Dr. Melissa Trainer will present "Dra...
05/04/2021

Join us on Thursday, May 13, for the next Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series event. Dr. Melissa Trainer will present "Dragonfly: Exploring an Organic-Rich Moon." Dr. Trainer is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon Titan and the lead for the Dragonfly Mass Spectrometer. This virtual presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Visit the Cosmic Explorations webpage for information about how to connect to this free event. http://ow.ly/XNMU50EEKWx

Join us on Thursday, May 13, for the next Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series event. Dr. Melissa Trainer will present "Dragonfly: Exploring an Organic-Rich Moon." Dr. Trainer is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon Titan and the lead for the Dragonfly Mass Spectrometer. This virtual presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Visit the Cosmic Explorations webpage for information about how to connect to this free event. http://ow.ly/XNMU50EEKWx

The latest episode of Gravity Assist features Dana Bolles from the Science Engagement and Partnership Division at NASA H...
05/04/2021

The latest episode of Gravity Assist features Dana Bolles from the Science Engagement and Partnership Division at NASA Headquarters. She discusses her experiences around NASA, breaking barriers, and how everyone can be a better ally for people with diverse abilities. http://ow.ly/fiN650EDeco

The latest episode of Gravity Assist features Dana Bolles from the Science Engagement and Partnership Division at NASA Headquarters. She discusses her experiences around NASA, breaking barriers, and how everyone can be a better ally for people with diverse abilities. http://ow.ly/fiN650EDeco

The preliminary agenda is available for the 25th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group that will be held vir...
05/04/2021

The preliminary agenda is available for the 25th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group that will be held virtually June 7 - 8. The registration deadline is June 2. http://ow.ly/HGHN50EDdGf

The preliminary agenda is available for the 25th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group that will be held virtually June 7 - 8. The registration deadline is June 2. http://ow.ly/HGHN50EDdGf

Sign up for the LPI's Earth and Space Science News for Educators and stay up to date with a calendar of events, list of ...
05/03/2021

Sign up for the LPI's Earth and Space Science News for Educators and stay up to date with a calendar of events, list of workshops and courses, resources, mission news, and more. Have a look online or sign up to get Earth and Space Science News for Educators in your inbox. http://ow.ly/7fT450EvcvA

Sign up for the LPI's Earth and Space Science News for Educators and stay up to date with a calendar of events, list of workshops and courses, resources, mission news, and more. Have a look online or sign up to get Earth and Space Science News for Educators in your inbox. http://ow.ly/7fT450EvcvA

The virtual Lunar Surface Science Workshop, Fundamental and Applied Lunar Surface Research in Physical Sciences, will be...
05/03/2021

The virtual Lunar Surface Science Workshop, Fundamental and Applied Lunar Surface Research in Physical Sciences, will be held on August 18 and 19. The registration deadline is August 13. #lunarsurface http://ow.ly/CEs250EyHK6

The virtual Lunar Surface Science Workshop, Fundamental and Applied Lunar Surface Research in Physical Sciences, will be held on August 18 and 19. The registration deadline is August 13. #lunarsurface http://ow.ly/CEs250EyHK6

A collection of Apollo Surface Panoramas is available on the LPI website. This collection is a digital library of photog...
05/01/2021

A collection of Apollo Surface Panoramas is available on the LPI website. This collection is a digital library of photographic panoramas that the Apollo astronauts took while exploring the Moon's surface. These images provide a spectacular boots-on-the-ground view of the lunar landscape. An annotated version of each panorama is also available to assist users with the identification of major geographic features around each Apollo landing site. http://ow.ly/1PTt50Eu1Pw

A collection of Apollo Surface Panoramas is available on the LPI website. This collection is a digital library of photographic panoramas that the Apollo astronauts took while exploring the Moon's surface. These images provide a spectacular boots-on-the-ground view of the lunar landscape. An annotated version of each panorama is also available to assist users with the identification of major geographic features around each Apollo landing site. http://ow.ly/1PTt50Eu1Pw

The latest edition of News & Notes from the NASA History Program Office is now available online. The feature story is "T...
05/01/2021

The latest edition of News & Notes from the NASA History Program Office is now available online. The feature story is "The Science of Commemorating Human Spaceflight." http://ow.ly/q04A50EzGH5

The latest edition of News & Notes from the NASA History Program Office is now available online. The feature story is "The Science of Commemorating Human Spaceflight." http://ow.ly/q04A50EzGH5

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows flows on the central peak region of Hale Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/1lHW50Ev27y
04/30/2021

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows flows on the central peak region of Hale Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/1lHW50Ev27y

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows flows on the central peak region of Hale Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/1lHW50Ev27y

The latest issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is live! Check out the feature story, “The Chicxulub Im...
04/29/2021
The Chicxulub Impact Crater: Producing a Cradle of Life in the Midst of a Global Calamity - LPIB

The latest issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is live! Check out the feature story, “The Chicxulub Impact Crater: Producing a Cradle of Life in the Midst of a Global Calamity”, written by LPI scientist Dr. David Kring. Find the link to the article below, and subscribe by clicking “Subscribe” under the issue number!

The Chicxulub impact crater is one of the most extraordinary scientific sites in the world: It is the smoking gun of the impact mass extinction hypothesis and at the center of evolutionary radiation 66 million years ago that led to the origin of our own species, Homo sapiens; it is the world’s best-preserved peak-ring or multi-ring impact basin on Earth and, thus, a model for such structures throughout the solar system; and the Chicxulub crater illustrates how such impact events can chemically and thermally modify large volumes of planetary crust and produce unique subterranean habitats for microbial ecosystems that may be a proxy for the earliest of life on our planet and potentially elsewhere where impact events modify hydrous planetary crust.

Introduction Strategically located scientific drilling can be used to tap the Earth for evidence of evolutionary upheavals that transformed the planet. A good example is the Yucatán-6 borehole in Mexico that recovered rock samples from 1.2 and 1.3 kilometers beneath Earth’s surface. I used those ...

The virtual Workshop on Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Exploration will be held June 16–18. This workshop will bring ...
04/29/2021

The virtual Workshop on Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Exploration will be held June 16–18. This workshop will bring together community members to discuss a wide range of scientific investigations of planetary analog terrains and processes, exploration strategies, and orbit-to-ground comparisons. The registration deadline is June 14. #Analogs2021 http://ow.ly/dRfq50ExGrF

The virtual Workshop on Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Exploration will be held June 16–18. This workshop will bring together community members to discuss a wide range of scientific investigations of planetary analog terrains and processes, exploration strategies, and orbit-to-ground comparisons. The registration deadline is June 14. #Analogs2021 http://ow.ly/dRfq50ExGrF

NASA’s Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE) Independent Review Board (IRB) delivered its final report and briefing to NASA aft...
04/29/2021

NASA’s Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE) Independent Review Board (IRB) delivered its final report and briefing to NASA after examining information collected about planetary data. The IRB provided prioritized actionable recommendations for the agency’s Planetary Science Division’s long-term planning and support of the PDE. The report is available online. http://ow.ly/5Esl50Eze96

NASA’s Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE) Independent Review Board (IRB) delivered its final report and briefing to NASA after examining information collected about planetary data. The IRB provided prioritized actionable recommendations for the agency’s Planetary Science Division’s long-term planning and support of the PDE. The report is available online. http://ow.ly/5Esl50Eze96

How do we communicate with spacecraft when they're so far away? Find out in the latest episode of Gravity Assist featuri...
04/28/2021

How do we communicate with spacecraft when they're so far away? Find out in the latest episode of Gravity Assist featuring Nacer Chahat, senior antenna and microwave engineer at JPL. http://ow.ly/10W750ExGai

How do we communicate with spacecraft when they're so far away? Find out in the latest episode of Gravity Assist featuring Nacer Chahat, senior antenna and microwave engineer at JPL. http://ow.ly/10W750ExGai

This LROC image shows a common erosional process known as mass wasting in the Moon's Klute Crater. http://ow.ly/W8iM50Ey...
04/28/2021

This LROC image shows a common erosional process known as mass wasting in the Moon's Klute Crater. http://ow.ly/W8iM50Eycde

This LROC image shows a common erosional process known as mass wasting in the Moon's Klute Crater. http://ow.ly/W8iM50Eycde

The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will help astronomers hunt for and study exoplanets. Webb, like some ground-base...
04/27/2021

The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will help astronomers hunt for and study exoplanets. Webb, like some ground-based telescopes, is equipped with special optical systems called coronagraphs, which use masks designed to block out as much starlight as possible to study faint exoplanets and to uncover new worlds. http://ow.ly/D1Db50Ev0Xv

The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will help astronomers hunt for and study exoplanets. Webb, like some ground-based telescopes, is equipped with special optical systems called coronagraphs, which use masks designed to block out as much starlight as possible to study faint exoplanets and to uncover new worlds. http://ow.ly/D1Db50Ev0Xv

Join us virtually on Thursday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. CDT for “Surface Alteration on Venus:  How Long Does a Basalt Stay...
04/27/2021

Join us virtually on Thursday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. CDT for “Surface Alteration on Venus: How Long Does a Basalt Stay a Basalt?” presented by Molly McCanta of the University of Tennessee.

Venus’s surface-atmosphere conditions and compositions are unlike any terrestrial analogs and are therefore difficult to investigate or model without experimental methods. Surface conditions are those of the terrestrial greenschist facies in an atmosphere composed predominantly of CO2, with elevated SO2 variations through time. The geochemical and mineralogic changes in basalts induced by these conditions are not well understood. McCanta will discuss recent experiments to constrain the surface alteration chemistry of Venus as a necessary precursor to future missions that plan to return compositional data to elucidate the planet’s evolutionary history.
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The LPI seminar series began in September 1969 and has brought many notable contributors from numerous research and academic institutions to the LPI. For more info and to sign up for updates, please visit www.lpi.usra.edu/seminars/.

Episode 192 of Houston We Have a Podcast features Yajaira Sierra-Sastre and Vivake Asnani from NASA’s Glenn Research Cen...
04/27/2021

Episode 192 of Houston We Have a Podcast features Yajaira Sierra-Sastre and Vivake Asnani from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. They discuss the history of tires used on the Moon and Mars and describe an innovative new tire called the Mars Spring Tire that may be used on future rovers. http://ow.ly/1Vgd50ExEB9

Episode 192 of Houston We Have a Podcast features Yajaira Sierra-Sastre and Vivake Asnani from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. They discuss the history of tires used on the Moon and Mars and describe an innovative new tire called the Mars Spring Tire that may be used on future rovers. http://ow.ly/1Vgd50ExEB9

JUNO: Perijove 33 raw images from the Junocam onboard the Juno spacecraft are now available online for image processing....
04/26/2021

JUNO: Perijove 33 raw images from the Junocam onboard the Juno spacecraft are now available online for image processing. http://ow.ly/8LTz50Eu244

JUNO: Perijove 33 raw images from the Junocam onboard the Juno spacecraft are now available online for image processing. http://ow.ly/8LTz50Eu244

This is the first color image of the martian surface taken by an aerial vehicle while it was aloft. The Ingenuity Mars H...
04/26/2021

This is the first color image of the martian surface taken by an aerial vehicle while it was aloft. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured it with its color camera during its second successful flight test on April 22. http://ow.ly/NWdA50ExDvJ

This is the first color image of the martian surface taken by an aerial vehicle while it was aloft. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured it with its color camera during its second successful flight test on April 22. http://ow.ly/NWdA50ExDvJ

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc 2021) is scheduled to be held August 14–21, 2021 as an in-pe...
04/25/2021

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc 2021) is scheduled to be held August 14–21, 2021 as an in-person meeting in Chicago, Illinois, but it may be virtual should the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic require it. MetSoc 2021 is being organized by planetary scientists at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago. http://ow.ly/1UhM50EqklK

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc 2021) is scheduled to be held August 14–21, 2021 as an in-person meeting in Chicago, Illinois, but it may be virtual should the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic require it. MetSoc 2021 is being organized by planetary scientists at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago. http://ow.ly/1UhM50EqklK

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows light-toned deposits along the western Ius Chasma floor on Mars. http://ow.ly/NrWg50EmhH...
04/25/2021

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows light-toned deposits along the western Ius Chasma floor on Mars. http://ow.ly/NrWg50EmhHI

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows light-toned deposits along the western Ius Chasma floor on Mars. http://ow.ly/NrWg50EmhHI

Episode 58 of the Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast features Naseem Rangwala, Project Scientist with the Stratospheric Ob...
04/24/2021

Episode 58 of the Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast features Naseem Rangwala, Project Scientist with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA, a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is the world’s largest airborne observatory and the only one with a telescope. http://ow.ly/XIzC50EvbIE

Episode 58 of the Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast features Naseem Rangwala, Project Scientist with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA, a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is the world’s largest airborne observatory and the only one with a telescope. http://ow.ly/XIzC50EvbIE

The JPL Planetary Photojournal is your interface to the Planetary Image Archive contained within the Planetary Data Syst...
04/24/2021

The JPL Planetary Photojournal is your interface to the Planetary Image Archive contained within the Planetary Data System Imaging Node. It's an access point to thousands of high-resolution images and their accompanying products which have been made available to the public from data returned by various JPL missions over the course of many years. http://ow.ly/LW8j50Eqiyy

The JPL Planetary Photojournal is your interface to the Planetary Image Archive contained within the Planetary Data System Imaging Node. It's an access point to thousands of high-resolution images and their accompanying products which have been made available to the public from data returned by various JPL missions over the course of many years. http://ow.ly/LW8j50Eqiyy

The 2021 Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers will take place virtually June 14–15, 2021. This meeting will brin...
04/23/2021

The 2021 Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers will take place virtually June 14–15, 2021. This meeting will bring together community members to report progress on geologic mapping projects, discuss a wide range of mapping strategies, and coordinate map-based scientific investigations of planetary surfaces at multiple scales. The abstract deadline is April 29, and the registration deadline is June 10. #PGM2021 http://ow.ly/QWgf50Es0Qd

The 2021 Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers will take place virtually June 14–15, 2021. This meeting will bring together community members to report progress on geologic mapping projects, discuss a wide range of mapping strategies, and coordinate map-based scientific investigations of planetary surfaces at multiple scales. The abstract deadline is April 29, and the registration deadline is June 10. #PGM2021 http://ow.ly/QWgf50Es0Qd

Create a video game that lets players explore Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity. Use Scratch, a visual programming l...
04/23/2021

Create a video game that lets players explore Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity. Use Scratch, a visual programming language, and think like NASA space-mission planners to design your game. Step-by-step instructions for this project are online. http://ow.ly/MBF850Es1ka

Create a video game that lets players explore Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity. Use Scratch, a visual programming language, and think like NASA space-mission planners to design your game. Step-by-step instructions for this project are online. http://ow.ly/MBF850Es1ka

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aboard the Perseverance rover has converted some of Mars...
04/22/2021

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aboard the Perseverance rover has converted some of Mars' thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen. Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate: "MOXIE has more work to do, but the results from this technology demonstration are full of promise as we move toward our goal of one day seeing humans on Mars. Oxygen isn’t just the stuff we breathe. Rocket propellant depends on oxygen, and future explorers will depend on producing propellant on Mars to make the trip home.” http://ow.ly/vtc350EvaVA

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aboard the Perseverance rover has converted some of Mars' thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen. Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate: "MOXIE has more work to do, but the results from this technology demonstration are full of promise as we move toward our goal of one day seeing humans on Mars. Oxygen isn’t just the stuff we breathe. Rocket propellant depends on oxygen, and future explorers will depend on producing propellant on Mars to make the trip home.” http://ow.ly/vtc350EvaVA

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