Welcome to the Planetary Materials Research Group website!

The planetary materials research group conducts research focused on planetary surfaces and interiors, specifically the Moon and Mars. Our group is primarily interested in the materials that make up their surfaces and interiors, and the insight they provide about the planet’s history.

 

Recent Publications

Petrography, relationships, and petrogenesis of the gabbroic lithologies in Northwest Africa 773 clan members

Valencia, S. N., B. L. Jolliff, and R. L. Korotev (2019) Meteoritics and Planetary Science 54, 2083-2115.

Petrography, relationships, and petrogenesis of the gabbroic lithologies in Northwest Africa 773 clan members NWA 773, 2727, 3160, 3170, 7007, and 10656

The scientific legacy of the Apollo program

Jolliff, B. L., and M. S. Robinson (2019) Physics Today 72, 44-50.

Summary of key scientific accomplishments of the Apollo missions to the Moon on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

A systematic method for classifying and grouping late Noachian and early Hesperian rock targets analyzed by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at Endeavour crater,

Bouchard, M. C., & Jolliff, B. L. (2018). Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123.

Hierarchical clustering and a similarity index are used for statistical grouping of rock compositions determined by the MER APXS instrument, and to explore relationships between and within rock suites.

Current Research Projects