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Encyclopedia of Lunar Science

Editors: Cudnik, Brian (Ed.)

  • Provides a detailed analysis of past, current, and future studies of the lunar environment
  • Serves as a valuable resource for astronomers, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists, as well as for geologists and engineers interested in working on other worlds
  • Valuable for cross-disciplinary courses and curricula
  • Written by highly respected experts in a number of different fields, all sharing their unique perspective on what value the Moon might have for us
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A very useful reference work for a broad audience, not limited to the professional lunar scientist: general astronomers, researchers, theoreticians, practitioners, graduate students, undergraduate students, and astrophysicists as well as geologists and engineers. The articles will include topics of varying technical levels so that the top scientists of the field will find this work a benefit as well the graduate students and the budding lunar scientist. The title will include all current areas of lunar science, with the topic entries being established tertiary literature. The work will be a readable but technically suitable to most advanced undergraduate and graduate students. A few examples of topic areas are as follows: Astronomers and Astronauts, Basaltic Volcanism, Lunar Chemistry, Time and Motion Coordinates, Cosmic Weathering through Meteoritic Impact, Environment, Geology, Geologic History, Impacts and Impact Processes, Lunar Surface Processes, Origin and Evolution Theories, Regolith, Stratigraphy, Tectonic Activity, Topography, Weathering through ionizing radiation from the solar wind, solar flares, and cosmic rays.

About the authors


Brian Cudnik, Prairie View A&M University, Houston, TX, USA

Section Editors:

Shengbo Chen, College of Geo-Exploration Science and Technology, Jinlin University, Changchun, PR China

Jesse Davenport, Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CNRS-CRPG), Vandœuvre-Lés-Nancy, France

Cesare Grava, Southwest Research Institute, San ANtonio, TX, Usa

Amanda Hendrix, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, USA

Issaku Kohl, University of CaliforniaYoung Stable Isotope Laboratory, Los Angeles, CA, USA

José M. Madiedo, Facultad de Sciencias Experimentales, Universidad de Huelva, Spain

Amit B. Sarbadhikari, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

Edgar S. Steenstra, Faculteit Aard- en Levenwetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nicolle E. B. Zellner, Department of Physics, Albion College, MI, USA

Yuanzhi Zhang, Key Laboratory of Lunar and Deep-Space Exploration, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, PR China


Professor Brian Cudnik serves as Laboratory Specialist for the Physics Program at Prairie View A&M University (a part of the Texas A&M University system) in Texas. He has been at this position for almost 11 years and has been at Prairie View A&M for a total of 13 years. His prior position was that of Research Assistant at the Solar Observatory. He has served as coordinator of the Lunar Meteoritic Impact Search section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) since January 2000, two months after making the first confirmed visual observation of a meteoroid impact on the Moon during the Leonid storm of November 1999.

He has published papers and posters on various astronomical subjects including peer-reviewed papers, posters at professional conferences and amateur astronomy publications. He has served as Board Member of the Houston Astronomical Society, is presently an Associate member of the American Astronomical Society, a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers and a regular contributor of observations at the International Occultation Timing Association. He taught astronomy at the University of St. Thomas every semester or summer session (one summer session per summer) since 2005.

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Book Title
Encyclopedia of Lunar Science
  • Brian Cudnik
Springer International Publishing
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Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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300 b/w illustrations

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