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  • Center for Lunar Science and Exploration
    to be the youngest most well preserved multi ringed impact basin on the Moon This digital terrain model was obtained from Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter imagery Purple indicates the deepest point in the basin with red indicating the highest peaks Survey of Barringer Crater University of Houston and University of Texas Austin students conduct a geo physical survey of Barringer Meteorite Crater in Arizona led by CLSE Principal Investigator David Kring This is one of the classic training sites for future explorers The Lunar and Planetary Institute LPI and the Johnson Space Center JSC have a long and successful history of collaborative research and exploration activities that began with the Apollo program LPI and JSC have harnessed that heritage to build the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration CLSE to better support our nation s lunar science and exploration activities The Center is an integral part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute NLSI and is designed to Develop a core multi institutional lunar science program that addresses the highest science priorities identified by the National Research Council for NASA Provide scientific and technical expertise to NASA that will infuse its lunar research programs including developing investigations that influence current and future

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/CLSE/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Poles of the Moon
    absorption band at 2800 nm note that water content increases poleward of 65 latitude at both poles This spectral feature indicates increasing water content with decreasing mean surface temperature Plate 5 Mosaic of Mini RF radar image strips of the lunar north pole In this image color corresponds to the backscatter qualities of the terrain Blue indicates single bounce reflections red indicates double bounce backscatter and green indicates unpolarized backscatter The strong yellow colors high circular polarization ratio CPR associated with crater deposits may be caused by rock or ice deposits craters with high CPR both inside and outside their rims are probably rocky while craters with dark floors and high CPR confined inside the rims probably contain ice deposits The poles of the Moon are unique environments and preserve a surprising record of water and other volatile substances on the lunar surface The spin axis of the Moon is nearly perpendicular to the ecliptic the plan in which the Moon orbits the sun so that the sun always appears just at the horizon at the poles NASA s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO spacecraft has mapped the terrain and topography of the Moon showing us the landforms and locations of ridges mountains and holes Because of the craters and mountains of the Moon some areas near the pole are in near permanent sunlight while others are permanently dark The DIVINER instrument on LRO has measured the surface temperatures of the polar regions and find these dark areas to be extremely cold never reaching surface temperatures greater than about 25 to 30 above absolute zero 272 C Consequently the extremely cold temperatures in these areas permit any volatile substance like water to accumulate there Water is present at the poles of the Moon in several different forms The Moon Mineralogy Mapper

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/moonPoles/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Research Lunar Science and Exploration Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Image Processing Planetary Geology and Surface Processes Impact Studies Geophysical Data Analysis and Modeling Physics and Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres Meteorites and Sample Analysis Interplanetary Dust and Presolar Grains Mineralogy Petrology Jennifer Rapp and LPI Intern Eleanor Carmen McIntosh University of South Carolina is extracting an experiment from the multi anvil press The experiment is part of a project investigation

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/research/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    Annual Summer Intern Conference August 9 2012 Papers Presented at the 27th Annual Summer Intern Conference August 11 2011 Papers Presented at the 26th Annual Summer Intern Conference August 13 2010 Papers Presented at the 25th Annual Summer Intern Conference August 13 2009 Papers Presented at the 24th Annual Summer Intern Conference August 7 2008 Papers Presented at the 23rd Annual Summer Intern Conference August 9 2007 Papers Presented at

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/projects/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    with available research projects All online application information must be received at LPI no later than January 8 2016 Notification of selection will be made by March 4 2016 Successful applicants should be prepared to make a decision regarding the offer to participate within two days of notification In order to be eligible for the LPI Summer Intern Program you must qualify Due to security issues citizens of U S State Department Designated Countries See link under ECP Notices at http oiir hq nasa gov nasaecp are not eligible Enforcement of the REAL ID Act of 2005 Effective Monday July 21 2014 NASA JSC is required to begin enforcing a Department of Homeland Security rule that prohibits us from accepting certain states driver s licenses as official document to obtain access at NASA Johnson Space Center This rule passed by Congress as part of the REAL ID ACT of 2005 established minimum standards for state issued driver s licenses and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official use licenses and identity cards from states that have not met those standards Selected candidates from a state whose driver s license does not meet those standards Can use an alternate form of

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/eligibility/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    2016 Deadline for Application Friday March 4 2016 Notification of Acceptance Monday June 6 2016 Program Begins Thursday August 11 2016 LPI Summer Intern Conference Friday August 12 2016 Program Ends Lunar Curation June 1 2015 Left to right Patrick

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/schedule/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    that I want to pursue this project and learn even more Eleanor Carmen McIntosh University of South Carolina LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science My summer as an LPI intern has definitely been one of my most fulfilling I learned more about the Moon during these 10 weeks than I had from all of my astronomy and geology classes combined and have gained a much better appreciation for the wealth of science that has and continues to be conducted on the Moon and other planetary bodies Read more Robert Trevor Goldman Pomona College LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science The LPI Intern Program has been an incredibly impactful experience in my life It has motivated me to further pursue my scientific career My advisors Dr Allan Treiman and Dr Paul Spudis were always helpful I loved being able to live in Houston for the summer as well and I know that the friendships I made with the other interns this summer will continue on for years to come Alexandra Bobiak Nagurney Lafayette College LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science My project this summer is integrating in situ observations and chemical extraction techniques to study the relationship between physical properties mineralogy soluble and insoluble matters in CR chondrites LPI internship program was definitely a roller coaster ride for me Read more Timothy Cao University of California Merced APPLY NOW Application Deadline January 8 2016 For my dissertation project back at my university I have completed a similar kind of project but there I mapped a crater on the Moon so I did have some idea of what my LPI project might be like I got a chance to compare my university mapping project with a real life scientific project I enjoyed all of the great trips that were organized for us this summer Especially the Lunar Rock lab and the Human Habitat tour It was amazing to visit the places that not many people are allowed in to and get our hands on actual lunar samples I am fully satisfied with my experience at LPI and I am definitely considering applying for the postgraduate intern program with LPI Also to whoever is interested in a career in planetary science this internship is a life changing experience that will definitely make you more keen to become a planetary scientist Close In fact the very experience of being at LPI from listening to weekly presentations given by different planetary scientists to simply working in a library containing a profusion of planetary globes images maps and transcripts of the Apollo missions has made me much more excited about planetary science In fact I watched the first New Horizons press conference from LPI and discussed the significance of the first images and geologic interpretations with my advisor Dr Walter Kiefer immediately afterward Although being situated at LPI near NASA s Johnson Space Center was incredible in and of itself the people I worked and interacted with this summer really made my experience

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/testimonials/ (2016-02-15)
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  • LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
    on or before the corresponding application deadline Letters of recommendation will not be accepted after the due date Your application will still be reviewed but you will be penalized for your missing letter of recommendation Who should write a letter of recommendation on my behalf We encourage you to find individuals who can illustrate your qualifications character field experience and commitment to public service What are your requirements for letters of recommendation LPI Summer Intern Program requires three letter of recommendation Detailed instructions are included in the application It is preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted from faculty at their current institution however recommendations may be submitted by other relevant persons Example of relevant Recommendations include teaching assistants academic advisors faculty from an institution previously attended professors employers supervisors who can speak of your relevant experience credentials academic potential etc Can I mail in my letter of recommendation if my recommender has already written it No we no longer accept hard copies of letters of recommendation You must attach letter of recommendation to your application electronically What are you looking for in an intern The advisors seek applicants who are suitable for their specific project Interns are directly selected by the project advisors who are on lookout not only academically excellent students but also those with scientific interest and backgrounds compatible with their specific individual projects Those projects are different every year as new advisors some into the program and existing ones change their research interest and directions How many times can I participate in LPI Summer Internship Program If selected the applicant may only participate in LPI Summer Internship Program once I am a naturalized citizen can I still apply Yes a naturalized citizen does hold U S citizenship You will need to claim when and where you were naturalized on your application and provide original document Failure to do so can wreak havoc on the badging processes which could keep you from being able to do your research onsite at NASA Johnson Space Center I am a permanent resident can I still apply Yes You will need to claim your citizen status on your application and provide your original permanent resident card I have a parent that is a U S citizen am I eligible to apply Citizenship of your parents does not classify you as a citizen I missed the deadline can I still apply No but please do not be discouraged We encourage you to apply next year I attend a university that is not located within the United States and I am having trouble entering my GPA what should I do Most international universities probably do not use the U S university typical 4 0 GPA So you will need to go to your registrar s office to find out how your CPA system translates into a 4 0 scale Enter the number that they are able to provide for you in the appropriate field And then mail us your transcript Am I allowed

    Original URL path: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/faq/ (2016-02-15)
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