LPSA Info:

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 with leading scientists in the relevant fields both at NASA Goddard and in the sorority houses in which they resided.

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 seen as a chance for the interns to gain real world experience as a field geologist and also to understand the importance Earth Analogues as they relate to Planetary Science.

During their time at 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.

Racetrack Playa

Monday, June 28, 2010


So basically, this trip was completely amazing -- there's not a thing I'd change, except to either make days be more than 24 hours or make the trip longer so we'd have had more time. In any case, picking out a favorite moment is not a particularly easy task, but I'd have to say that watching the International Spacestation cross the night sky while laying on the roof of one of our SUVs in the middle of nowhere in the mountains above a ghost town is going to particularly stick in my mind. Stargazing is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and I really love the feeling of being totally removed from everything, out in the heart of the wilderness, just getting to absorb the niceness of it all. The ISS was incredibly bright as it orbited above us, and I love thinking what it would be like to be one of those people 200 something miles up, just watching the world below. The moon was also nearly full, which somewhat dampened the visible stars (I miss the Milky Way...), but even so, the sky was beautiful, the night air was warm (and dry!!), the company was great, and it was a wonderful end to a (very busy) day.


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