Lunar and Planetary Institute

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is a research institute that provides support services to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the planetary science community, and conducts planetary science research under the leadership of staff scientists, visiting researchers, and postdoctoral fellows.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is a division of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). It was established during the Apollo missions to foster international collaboration and to serve as a repository for information gathered during the early years of the space program.

It is based in Houston (United States).

Most of the information presented here comes from the official website of the Lunar and Planetary Institute[1].


Organization of the LPI

The LPI maintains a resident scientific staff (10 scientists) whose main tasks are to provide the planetary expertise necessary for the Institute to achieve its goals, and to maintain their scientific proficiency through peer-reviewed research activities. It also hosts twenty-two visiting scientists, ten postdoctoral fellows, and one graduate fellow.

The resident scientific staff

Director of the LPI : Dr. Stephen Mackwell


See also

  1. The official website of the Lunar and Planetary Institute
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