Lunar Studies

Lunar Studies Faculty

Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna

Associate Professor
Erik Asphaug

Erik Asphaug

Jessica Barnes

Jessica Barnes

Assistant Professor

William Boynton


Lynn Carter

Associate Professor

Lon Hood

Senior Research Scientist

Isamu Matsuyama

Associate Professor

Alfred McEwen

Regents' Professor

Timothy Swindle

Director, Department Head

Other Researchers Working in Lunar Studies

Veronica Bray

Associate Staff Scientist

Amanda Stadermann

PTYS Graduate Student

Sarah Sutton

PTYS Graduate Student, Scientist, Photogrammetry & Image Processing

Lunar research was one of the hallmarks of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in its first decade (the 1960s) as the United States prepared for the Apollo missions and LPL led the way in mapping possible landing sites. In the half-century since, the kinds of lunar research performed have changed, but the Moon is still an object of intense scrutiny. Our nearest neighbor in space lacks many of the processes occurring on the surface of Earth today, including the effects of wind, water and biology, so the rocks on its surface contain records of a much earlier era of Solar System history. On the other hand, because it lacks either an atmosphere or a strong internal magnetic field, its surface experiences effects that the Earth’s surface does not. Current LPL researchers study many different aspects of the Moon, including its composition, history, surface properties, magnetic field, interior structure, and even its tenuous atmosphere. Although the first studies were done with telescopes, we now have everything from the samples returned in the Apollo missions to modern spacecraft missions in orbit around the Moon. Read more about our history with lunar research.