NASA Lunar Science Institute

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The NASA Lunar Science Institute was an organization, established by NASA in 2008, that supplemented and extended existing NASA lunar science programs. Supported by the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), the NLSI was managed by the NASA Ames Research Center and was modeled on the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) with dispersed teams across the nation working together to help lead the agency's research activities related to NASA's lunar exploration goals. Competitively selected team investigations focused on one or more aspects of lunar science—investigations of the Moon (including lunar samples), from the Moon, and/or on the Moon.

In 2013 the LSI became the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI,) expanding beyond Lunar research to include Near-Earth asteroids and Phobos and Deimos.[1] [2]


The Lunar Science Institute is composed of seven teams across the nation, each with a different focus for lunar science. The teams are listed below.

The Moon as the Cornerstone to the Terrestrial Planets: The Formative Years

PI: Carle Pieters, Brown University

Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles

PI: Ben Bussey, APL / JHU

Impact Processes in the Origin and Evolution of the Moon: New Sample-Driven Perspectives

PI: David Kring, LPI

Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM)

PI: Bill Farrell, NASA Goddard

Center for Lunar Origin and Evolution (CLOE)

PI: Bill Bottke, SwRI

Lunar University Node for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR)

PI: Jack Burns, Univ. of Colorado / CASA

Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS)

PI: Mihaly Horanyi, Univ. of Colorado / LASP


  1. ^ Atkinson, Nancy (2013-07-31). "The NASA Lunar Science Institute Gets a New Name and Expanded Focus". Universe Today. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  2. ^ "SSERVI Overview". NASA. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 

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