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Water on the Moon

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

The Robert M. Walker Distinguished Lecture Series 2012

Featured Speaker: Maria Zuber, PhD., E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics as MIT

Dr. Zuber matches theoretical modeling of the interiors of planets and moons to spacecraft-acquired camera, altimetry, and gravity data to study the structure and dynamics of these solar system bodies. She is the Principle Investigator for the NASA Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission (GRAIL) and the Lead Scientist of the Laser Ranger, the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission.

Ideas about whether the Moon contains water – and, if so, how much – have changed a great deal over the years. The earliest observations of the Moon from Earth interpreted the dark nearside regions as “seas” that were later learned to be large volcanic flows in massive impact basins. Much later, when the first Apollo samples were analyzed, the Moon was believed to be “bone dry.” More recent laboratory and orbital remote-sensing observations have found additional clues that provide a complex but fascinating picture. This presentation reviews our current understanding of water on and inside the Moon, how it got there, and what it means for the history of our nearest neighbor in space.

To be held at:

Washington University in St. Louis – Whitaker Hall 100

Whitaker Hall is located on the northeast block of the main University campus, at the corner of Hoyt Drive and the Forest Park Expressway, one block west of Skinker. Parking free in WU lots next to Whittaker Hall

Free and open to all

Junior Academy Students invited to “meet & greet” with Dr. Zuber afterwards!

Junior Academy Students – CLICK HERE to RSVP:


Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:00 PM-8:00 PM