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Chris A. Peterson
Manager, Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1999

Email: chrisp@higp.hawaii.edu
Office: POST 544A
Phone Number: (808) 956-3131
Fax Number: (808) 956-6322

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
1680 East-West Road, POST 602
Honolulu, HI 96822

Research Interests:
Manager, Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center; Lunar geology

I am continuing the search for remnants of the Moon's ancient crust that constituted the bulk of my dissertation work. I use a combination of ground-based near-infrared reflection spectra and spacecraft (mostly Clementine) remote sensing data to search for exposures of anorthosite, which probably formed the Moon's original crust as the magma ocean that likely covered the Moon soon after its formation cooled and crystallized. As data from the Lunar Prospector spacecraft are reduced and made available, I will incorporate these into my research as well.

Relevant Links:
Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

Publications (partial listing):

Hawke B.R., Peterson C.A., Blewett D.T., Bussey D.B.J., Lucey P.G., Taylor G.J., and Spudis P.D. (2003) The distribution and modes of occurrence of lunar anorthosite. J. Geophys. Res.. 108, No. E6, 5050, doi:10.1029/2002JE001890..

Peterson C.A., Hawke B.R., Lucey P.G, Coombs C.R., and Spudis P.D. (1995) Spectral reflection studies of the Grimaldi region of the Moon. Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 22, No. 22, 3055-3058.

Hawke B.R., Peterson C.A., Lucey P.G., Taylor G.J., Blewett D.T., Campbell B.A., Coombs C.R., and Spudis P.D. (1993) Remote sensing studies of the terrain northwest of humorum basin. Geophys. Res. Lett., 20, 6, 419-422.

Hawke B.R., Lucey P.G., Taylor G.J., Bell J.F., Peterson C.A., Blewett D., and Horton K. (1991) Remote sensing studies of the Orientale region of the moon: a pre-Galileo view. Geophys. Res. Lett., 18, 11, 2141-2144.

Hawke B.R., Coombs C.R., Campbell B.A., Lucey P.G., Peterson C.A., and Zisk S.H. (1991) Remote sensing of regional pyroclastic deposits on the north central portion of the lunar nearside, Proc. Lunar Planet. Sci. Conf. XXI, P. 377-389.

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