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About us:

The Lunar and Planetary Science Academy (LPSA) is a highly selective, intensive ten-week summer internship program that focuses on individual research in the field of Planetary Science, leadership and networking. NASA LPSA was founded in 2009 by Dr. Cynthia Cheung and Mr. David Rossage.

Approximately twenty interns from all over the United States gather in Maryland to conduct independent research supervised by a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientist. They range from recent graduates of high school to first and second year graduate students. While doing their own research, the interns attend talks and workshops with leading scientists in the relevant fields both at NASA Goddard and in the sorority house in which they reside.

During the summer experience, the interns take a trip to an area of geologic interest to conduct in situ research supervised by several NASA scientists. This is an opportunity for the interns to gain real world experience as a field geologist and also to understand the importance Earth analogs and their uses in the planetary sciences.

During their time with NASA LPSA, the interns are able to interface with internationally renowned scientists and they also improve their presentation skills through regular status reports, poster presentations and a final presentation.


News and Updates


  • LPSA Field Expedition to Arizona06.24.2012 - 06.28.2012 Follow the LPSA at our blog site as we embark on our expedition to Arizona to study craters and a Mars analog site (the Grand Canyon!)

  • 'Honeycombs' and Hexacopters Help Tell Story of Mars02.16.2012 A news article detailing the 2011 LPSA's excursion to the Channeled Scablands and the science that was done.