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

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  • Goderis, Steven; Sato, Honami; Ferrière, Ludovic; Schmitz, Birger; Kaskes, Pim; Vellekoop, Johan; Wittmann, Axel; Schulz, Toni 1975-; Chernonozhkin, Stepan M.; Claeys, Philippe, 1961-; Graaff, Sietze J. de; Déhais, Thomas; Winter, Niels J. de; Elfman, Mikael; Feignon, Jean-Guillaume; Ishikawa, Akira; Koeberl, Christian, 1959-; Kristiansson, Per; Neal, Clive R.; Owens, Jeremy D.; Schmieder, Martin, 1978-; Sinnesael, Matthias; Vanhaecke, Frank, 1966-; Van Malderen, Stijn J. M.; Bralowerv, Timothy J.; Gulick, Sean P. S.; Kring, David A. (David Allen); Lowery, Christopher M.; Morgan, Joanna V.; Smit, Jan; Whalen, Michael T.; IODP-ICDP Expedition 364 Scientists (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021-02-24)
    Here, we report new data from four independent laboratories that reveal a positive iridium anomaly within the peak-ring sequence of the Chicxulub impact structure, in drill core recovered by IODP-ICDP Expedition 364. The ...
  • Foucher, F.; Hickman-Lewis, K.; Hutzler, Aurore; Joy, Katherine H.; Folco, L.; Bridges, John C.; Wozniakiewicz, P.; Martínez-Frías, J.; Debaille, V.; Zolensky, M. E. (Michael E.); Yano, H.; Bost, N.; Ferrière, L.; Lee, M.; Michalski, J.; Schroeven-Deceuninck, H.; Kminek, G.; Viso, M.; Russell, Sara S. (Sara Samantha), 1966-; Smith, C.; Zipfel, J.; Westall, F. (Elsevier, 2021-03-01)
    The practical limitations inherent to human and robotic planetary exploration necessitate the development of specific protocols and methods. This non-standard approach requires testing and validation phases in order to ...
  • Unknown author (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Children will: 1. build an understanding of what it is like to live and work aboard the International Space Station, including some of the considerations for eating, drinking, and sleeping in space. 2. learn about the ...
  • Buchner, Elmar; Sach, Volker J.; Schmieder, Martin, 1978-; (Elsevier, 2020-12-17)
    The Nördlinger Ries and the Steinheim Basin are widely perceived as a Middle Miocene impact crater doublet. We discovered two independent earthquake-produced seismite horizons in North Alpine Foreland Basin deposits ...
  • LaConte, Keliann; Shaner, Andrew; Shipp, Stephanie, 1964-; Ballard, Yolanda (STAR_Net, 2012)
    Engineers work to solve the basic challenges of life — including having fun! Playful Building explores the process of solving such challenges through engineering in an imaginative task: designing, building, and maintaining ...
  • Ballard, Yolanda; Halligan, Eve; LaConte, Keliann; Shaner, Andrew; Shipp, Stephanie, 1964- (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2013)
    Explore: Life on Mars? will introduce children to and engage them in the science of life in the universe (i.e., astrobiology) and Mars.
  • Treiman, Allan H. (2009)
    A White Paper for the NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey, Reflecting the Viewpoints of the NASA Analysis Group CAPTEM (Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials)
  • Treiman, Allan H. (2009)
    A White Paper for the NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey, Reflecting the Viewpoints of the NASA Analysis Groups CAPTEM (Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials) and LEAG (Lunar Exploration ...
  • Unknown author (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Children will: 1. build an understanding of the unique conditions in space that result in challenges to staying healthy. 2. learn about common health challenges astronauts and children face. 3. learn strategies for staying ...
  • Unknown author (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Children will: 1. explore what galaxies are and about their different parts. 2. learn that different components within our solar system and beyond are different sizes, distances, and ages. 3. understand that galaxies are ...
  • Unknown author (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Children will: 1. learn what constellations are. 2. learn how different cultures have created stories about constellations. 3. learn to recognize several commonly known constellations.
  • Unknown author (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Program with links to abstracts for the 2008 NLSI Lunar Science Conference
  • Callender, J. F.; Seager, William R.; Swanberg, Chandler A. (Division of Geothermal and Hydropower Technologies, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1983)
    Relief shown by contours and spot heights. Scale 1:500,000. 1 cm. equals 5 km. 1 in. equals approx. 8 miles ; Lambert conformal conic projection based on standard parallels 33° and 45°; (W 109°--W 103°/N 37°-N 31°).
  • Unknown author (Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, 2012)
    Rocks in the mountains of Montana tell a story of the Moon's history.
  • Smith, Vann; Warny, Sophie; Grice, Kliti; Schaefer, Bettina; Whalen, Michael T.; Vellekoop, Johan; Chenot, Elise; Gulick, Sean P. S.; Arenillas, Ignacio; Arz, Jose A.; Bauersachs, Thorsten; Bralower, Timothy J.; Demory, François; Gattacceca, Jérôme; Jones, Heather L.; Lofi, Johanna; Lowery, Christopher M.; Morgan, Joanna V.; Nuñez Otaño, Noelia B.; O’Keefe, Jennifer M. K.; O’Malley, Katherine; Rodríguez-Tovar, Francisco J.; Schwark, Lorenz; IODP–ICDP Expedition 364 Scientists (EGU Publications, 2020-10-19)
    Here, we present a new record of the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) from the peak ring of the Chicxulub impact crater that has been identified based on nannofossil biostratigraphy, an acme of the dinoflagellate ...
  • Bralower, Timothy J.; Cosmidis, Julie; Fantle, M. S.; Lowery, Christopher M.; Passey, B. H.; Gulick, Sean P. S.; Morgan, V. J.; Vajda, V.; Whalen, Michael T.; Wittmann, Axel 1971-; Artemieva, Natalia A.; Farley, K.; Goderis, Steven; Hajek, E.; Heaney, P. J.; Kring, David A. (David Allen); Lyons, S. L.; Rasmussen, C.; Sibert, E.; Rodríguez Tovar, Francisco J.; Turner‐Walker, G.; Zachos, James C.; Carte, J.; Chen, S. A.; Cockell, Charles; Coolen, M.; Freeman, K. H.; Garber, J.; Gonzalez, M.; Gray, J. L.; Grice, Kliti; Jones, Heather L.; Schaefer, Bettina; Smit, Jan; Tikoo, S. M. (Wiley, 2020-11-24)
    The newly formed Chicxulub crater was rapidly filled by seawater then disturbed by tsunami and seiche waves. Sedimentary layers deposited as wave energy declined provide a unique window into the environment of the nascent ...
  • Nestola, Fabrizio; Goodrich, Cyrena Anne; Morana, Marta; Barbaro, Anna; Jakubek, Ryan S.; Christ, Oliver; Brenker, Frank E.; Domeneghetti, M. Chiara; Dalconi, M. Chiara; Alvaro, Matteo; Fioretti, Anna Maria; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Fries, Marc D.; Leonii, Matteo; Casati, Nicola P. M.; Jenniskens, Peter; Shaddad, Muawia H. (National Academy of Sciences, 2020-09-28)
    We found no evidence that formation of micrometer(s)-sized diamonds or associated Fe-S-P phases in ureilites require high static pressures and long growth times, which makes it unlikely that any of the diamonds in ureilites ...
  • Barbaro, Anna; Domeneghetti, M. Chiara; Goodrich, Cyrena Anne; Meneghetti, Moreno; Litti, Lucio; Fioretti, Anna Maria; Jenniskens, Peter; Shaddad, Muawia H.; Nestola, Fabrizio (MDPI, 2020-11-12)
    The thermal history of carbon phases, including graphite and diamond, in the ureilite meteorites has implications for the formation, igneous evolution, and impact disruption of their parent body early in the history of the ...
  • Kiefer, Walter S.; Shipp, Stephanie, 1964-; Nelson, Becky (Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2008)
    Field guide to the 13-19 July 2008 NASA-sponsored field-based workshop for science educators. Covers the site of Ancient Glacial Lake Missoula and traces the path of its flood waters through Montana, Idaho, and into Washington.
  • Whalen, Michael T.; Lowery, Christopher M.; Bralower, Timothy J.; Gulick, Sean P. S.; Morgan, Joanna V.; Grice, Kliti; Schaefer, Bettina; Smit, Jan; Ormö, Jens; Wittmann, Axel 1971-; Kring, David A. (David Allen); Lyons, Shelby; Goderis, Steven; IODP-ICDP Expedition 364 Scientists (Elsevier, 2020-12)
    The upper suevite, Transitional Unit, and overlying green marlstone on the peak ring of the Chicxulub impact structure at Site M0077 appear to record a complete transition from resurge deposits into post-impact sediments. ...

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