What is the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI)?
The NASA Lunar Science Institute advances the field of lunar science by:
1) carrying out and supporting research in lunar science, investigating the Moon itself and using the Moon as a platform for other investigations like studying Earth, the Sun, or the Universe;
2) providing scientific and technical ideas to NASA about its lunar research programs, including helping to develop investigations for current and future space missions;
3) supporting development of the lunar science community and training the next generation of lunar science researchers (like the students who created this website!); and
4) supporting Education and Public Outreach by providing scientific content for K-14 education programs, and communicating directly with the public.
The Institute is based at NASA Ames Research Center, but it has seven teams that are distributed across the Nation, as well as international partners. Each team focuses on different aspects of lunar science and engineering. Together, these investigations support and advance NASA’s lunar science and exploration efforts.
NASA Selects Research Teams for Lunar Science Institute
NASA Headquarters and Ames Research Center, January 9, 2009
Yvonne Pendleton named head of lunar institute, SF Gate, San Francisco, CA, July 21, 2010
“ Yvonne Pendleton, a pioneer astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, has been named director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.”
Lunar Research Team Wins, News Channel 34,August 2, 2010
“This year, five Chenango Forks high school students spent a lot of time gazing at the sky involved in a unique project with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute.”