Research Projects

The Museum's staff conducts research in three major areas: Aeronautics, Space History, and Earth and Planetary Studies. Below you find a selection of our most current projects.

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Selected Projects

Mauna Loa (1907 Lava Flow)
Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa is the largest active volcano on Earth. New studies have provided insights into the emplacement processes for recent lava flows.
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Lowland Plains on Venus
Planet Venus
The lowlands of Venus are dominated by volcanic lava flows, which have many features similar to ones found on volcanoes on Earth or Mars.
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Modification of Martian Impact Craters
Mars
Modified impact craters attest to the fact that some form of precipitation and surface runoff occurred throughout the early history of Mars. We are conducting a systematic analysis of all modified impact craters on Mars to learn more.
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