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.

Mission: 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 under the leadership of staff scientists, visiting researchers, and postdoctoral fellows.

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Episode 177 of Houston We Have a Podcast features planetary geologist and analytical geochemist Paul Niles discussing th...
01/12/2021

Episode 177 of Houston We Have a Podcast features planetary geologist and analytical geochemist Paul Niles discussing the Mars environment, terrain, weather, atmosphere, and more that humans will face while living on the Red Planet. http://ow.ly/XzTz50D3LaV

Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, leftover building blocks of the solar system’s outer...
01/11/2021

Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, leftover building blocks of the solar system’s outer planets orbiting the Sun at the distance of Jupiter. Recently the Lucy Thermal Emission Spectrometer (L'TES) was successfully integrated on to the spacecraft. L'TES will allow the mission team to infer whether surface material is loose, like sand, or consolidated, like rocks, and will collect spectral information using thermal infrared observations. http://ow.ly/twNq50D1mIY

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows sand and mixed sediment in Medusae Fossae on Mars. http://ow.ly/UK4o50D1mti
01/11/2021

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows sand and mixed sediment in Medusae Fossae on Mars. http://ow.ly/UK4o50D1mti

HiRISE: Did you know that you can help HiRISE decide what places on Mars to photograph next? You can! Just create an acc...
01/10/2021

HiRISE: Did you know that you can help HiRISE decide what places on Mars to photograph next? You can! Just create an account on the HiWish public suggestion page, then login and submit your suggestions. You can also browse the targets that are already in the image database. http://ow.ly/eUfm50CXM5T

The Martian Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day workshop is scheduled to take place Octo...
01/09/2021

The Martian Geological Enigmas: From the Late Noachian Epoch to the Present Day workshop is scheduled to take place October 4–6, 2021. Puzzling pits, mysterious mountains, and baffling bends are all welcome at the workshop, where we aim to highlight the enigmatic and most debated aspects of Mars science since orbital observations began. Check the workshop website for updated information. #marsenigmas2021 http://ow.ly/r5pJ50CXMgb

Ask an Astrobiologist is a monthly show that invites the public to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist who repli...
01/09/2021

Ask an Astrobiologist is a monthly show that invites the public to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist who replies to questions on video. Each online session lasts about an hour. Past episodes have been recorded and are available to watch on the Ask an Astrobiologist website. http://ow.ly/Usns50CVodU

LPSC: The application deadline for the LPI Career Development Registration Award and the Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awar...
01/08/2021

LPSC: The application deadline for the LPI Career Development Registration Award and the Stephen E. Dwornik Student Awards is January 13. Requirements and instructions to apply for these awards can be found on the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference website. #LPSC2021 http://ow.ly/pxYq50D2FRq

The 2020 Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts t...
01/07/2021

The 2020 Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enable future human missions to the Moon, Mars, and other solar system destinations. Eleven university teams have received awards for their projects in a number of categories including habitation, life support, and in-space manufacturing. http://ow.ly/v1U650CZiwO

Alien Worlds is a new Nexflix original series that imagines alien life on other planets by applying the laws of life on ...
01/07/2021
Alien Worlds Season 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Alien Worlds is a new Nexflix original series that imagines alien life on other planets by applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the galaxy. LPI Staff Scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Kennda Lynch is featured in episode 2, Janus, sharing her expertise in studying life in extreme environments on Earth and searching for biosignatures on other planetary bodies. The four-episode series is currently streaming on Netflix. http://ow.ly/dGTt50D1KSU

Applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the galaxy, this series blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on other planets. Watch Alien...

The James Webb Space Telescope advanced through a number of engineering milestones last year. Take a look back on Webb’s...
01/07/2021

The James Webb Space Telescope advanced through a number of engineering milestones last year. Take a look back on Webb’s top 10 moments in 2020. The world’s largest and most powerful space observatory is scheduled to launch in 2021. http://ow.ly/zI6x50CZwMS

The combined 5th Planetary Data Workshop (PDW5) and Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics (PSIDA) virtual meeti...
01/06/2021

The combined 5th Planetary Data Workshop (PDW5) and Planetary Science Informatics & Data Analytics (PSIDA) virtual meeting is scheduled for June 28 – July 2. To be added to the mailing list to receive pertinent information about this meeting and to indicate your interest in participating, please submit an Indication of Interest.#PlanetData2021 http://ow.ly/R9dY50CVtjy

The program for the virtual session of the Lunar Surface Science Workshop on Space Biology that will be held on January ...
01/06/2021

The program for the virtual session of the Lunar Surface Science Workshop on Space Biology that will be held on January 20 - 21 is now available on the workshop website. The registration deadline for this session is January 18. #lunarsurface http://ow.ly/6AVE50CZPsA

Please join us on Thursday, January 7, at 3:30 p.m. CST for the next virtual seminar in the LPI Seminar Series. Craig Ha...
01/05/2021

Please join us on Thursday, January 7, at 3:30 p.m. CST for the next virtual seminar in the LPI Seminar Series. Craig Hardgrove of Arizona State University will present "Searching for Lunar Water with LunaH-Map: Tiny Interplanetary Spacecraft With Big Science and Exploration Goals." Registration is required. http://ow.ly/pp7W50CZGQq

Applications are being accepted for the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program. This special program hosted by the Lu...
01/05/2021

Applications are being accepted for the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program. This special program hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute is designed to involve students in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. The program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy, and related topics. Apply soon — the deadline is January 15. http://ow.ly/ELlk50CZigL

What's up for January? Earth's closest approach to the Sun for the year, called perihelion, at the start of the month, t...
01/04/2021

What's up for January? Earth's closest approach to the Sun for the year, called perihelion, at the start of the month, then spot a couple of elusive planets: Uranus on January 20 and Mercury throughout the second half of the month. http://ow.ly/4V2G50CZsau

The JPL Planetary Photojournal is your interface to the Planetary Image Archive contained within the Planetary Data Syst...
01/04/2021

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/Tqx450CVstV

The 100 best images from 2020 as captured and selected by the NASA Headquarters Photo Team can be viewed online. They in...
01/03/2021

The 100 best images from 2020 as captured and selected by the NASA Headquarters Photo Team can be viewed online. They include images of astronauts, launches, NASA facilities, and more. http://ow.ly/vOzA50CXNox

LPSC: The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) abstract deadline is January 12. Abstract submission policies an...
01/03/2021

LPSC: The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) abstract deadline is January 12. Abstract submission policies and topics available for this year can be found on the LPSC website. #LPSC2021 http://ow.ly/EUT450CVnnb

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows ridges on a channel floor south of Da Vinci Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/bE4H50CVnDn
01/02/2021

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows ridges on a channel floor south of Da Vinci Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/bE4H50CVnDn

Analog missions are field tests in locations that have physical similarities to the extreme space environments that allo...
01/02/2021

Analog missions are field tests in locations that have physical similarities to the extreme space environments that allow engineers and scientists to gather requirements for testing in harsh environments before they are used in space. These missions also look for possible safeguards to the hazards of living in space. Test locations include the Antarctic, oceans, deserts, arctic, and volcanic environments. Find out more online. http://ow.ly/2BUu50CVn68

The American Geophysical Union webinar "Science Communication in a Virtual World" presents critical skills for being abl...
01/01/2021

The American Geophysical Union webinar "Science Communication in a Virtual World" presents critical skills for being able to share your science and connect with others in a digital world. http://ow.ly/JEaQ50CVq3K

Happy New Year! Here's a downloadable 2021 calendar highlighting some of the people and missions of NASA. http://ow.ly/O...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! Here's a downloadable 2021 calendar highlighting some of the people and missions of NASA. http://ow.ly/OAeO50CVych

Another virtual session of the Lunar Surface Science Workshop will be held on January 20 - 21 and will focus on Space Bi...
12/31/2020

Another virtual session of the Lunar Surface Science Workshop will be held on January 20 - 21 and will focus on Space Biology. This virtual session will inform the community about lunar surface science programmatic activities at NASA and solicit input from the community on the potential for new scientific research that could be enabled by Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) and human exploration on the Moon and the technologies needed to conduct the research investigations. The registration deadline for this session is January 18. #lunarsurface http://ow.ly/Gnya50CVuC4

In an effort to expand interest in Mars and share HiRISE images with a worldwide audience, volunteers who are fluent or ...
12/31/2020

In an effort to expand interest in Mars and share HiRISE images with a worldwide audience, volunteers who are fluent or semi-fluent in languages other than English are invited to join the BeautifulMars Project by translating HiRISE image titles. Thanks to volunteers, HiRISE resources are offered in 28 languages. Find out about project guidelines online and about how you can help. http://ow.ly/EtCq50CVmd3

The preliminary agenda is now available for the 24th meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) that will ...
12/30/2020

The preliminary agenda is now available for the 24th meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) that will be held virtually on January 26 and 27. http://ow.ly/LoBV50CWQ42

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows lobate features in southeast Koval Sky Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/5KK850CVqoZ
12/30/2020

HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows lobate features in southeast Koval Sky Crater on Mars. http://ow.ly/5KK850CVqoZ

LROC: This LROC image shows the Jupiter–Saturn conjunction. The LROC Narrow Angle Camera captured this view just a few h...
12/30/2020

LROC: This LROC image shows the Jupiter–Saturn conjunction. The LROC Narrow Angle Camera captured this view just a few hours after the point of closest separation (0.1°) between the two giant planets. Saturn's brightness has been increased 4 times to match Jupiter. http://ow.ly/mSH250CVMWp

A recent episode of Gravity Assist features astrobiologist Lindsay Hays. She answers audience questions about life in th...
12/29/2020

A recent episode of Gravity Assist features astrobiologist Lindsay Hays. She answers audience questions about life in the universe. Why don’t we go live on Saturn’s moon Titan? What would it mean if we found life elsewhere? How did life get its start on Earth? Find out what she has to say. http://ow.ly/fuNz50CU89g

The sample tubes carried in the belly of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover are destined to carry the first samples in ...
12/29/2020

The sample tubes carried in the belly of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover are destined to carry the first samples in history from another planet back to Earth. Future scientists will use the collected martian rock and regolith to look for evidence of potential microbial life present in Mars' ancient past and to answer other key questions about Mars and its history. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. http://ow.ly/yEhk50CT83j

The 24th meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will be held virtually January 26–27, 2021. This meeti...
12/28/2020

The 24th meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will be held virtually January 26–27, 2021. This meeting is the first of SBAG’s two annual meetings. Registration will close when the maximum is reached or on January 21, 2021, whichever occurs first. http://ow.ly/S6Ir50CR4xT

Stephen E. Dwornik student awards consist of a plaque and a monetary award given for outstanding student presentations (...
12/28/2020

Stephen E. Dwornik student awards consist of a plaque and a monetary award given for outstanding student presentations (in both poster and oral categories) or a plaque for honorable mentions (poster and oral) at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). The awards are managed and judged by the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Find out about eligibility and how to apply online. For LPSC 2021, the Dwornik application form is due on January 13, 2021. http://ow.ly/zAUR50CR5T6

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents its new initiative, a three-part conference series called Brines Across the S...
12/27/2020

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents its new initiative, a three-part conference series called Brines Across the Solar System (BAS). This series dives into brines as a planetary process, from modern to ancient brines and the technologies needed to explore them. Conferences will take place in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Check the BAS website for more information. #BrinesCon http://ow.ly/Si6B50CR37Q

Miss one of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series lectures? Recordings of past presentations can be viewed on the LPI Y...
12/27/2020

Miss one of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series lectures? Recordings of past presentations can be viewed on the LPI YouTube channel and in the Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series archive. http://ow.ly/dDZv50CR2VJ

The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) features a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe each day. E...
12/26/2020

The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) features a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe each day. Each image has a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Check out the image archives that go back to 1995. http://ow.ly/kESD50CR20P

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