Paul D. Spudis
is an American geologist
In 1976 he earned a B.S. in geology at the Arizona State University. Following his graduation he performed an internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during the Mars landing of that year. The following year he went to Brown University to study planetary geology, with a focus on the Moon. A year later he earned his Masters Degree and moved back to Arizona where he started working for Ron Greeley who had just joined Arizona State University. In 1982 he earned a Ph.D. in geology at the university.
After graduation he went to work for the U.S. Geological Survey. In the following years he spent in lunar studies and promoting the idea of lunar exploration. He became the principal investigator at the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division planetary geology program. His specialty is in the study of volcanism and impact processes on the planets, including Mercury and Mars.
He later joined Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston as a staff scientist. Eventually he joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and became senior staff scientist.
He has served as a member of the Synthesis Group in Washington D.C., a White House committee, in 1991. In 1994 he was the deputy leader of the Clementine mission science team. He has also served on numerous science advisory committees. At Johns Hopkins he is developing a radar system for a planned Indian mission to the Moon.
Spudis is well-known as a leading advocate for sending astronauts back to the Moon and establishing permanent bases there.
Dr. Spudis is married to his wife Anne.
- Paul D. Spudis, The geology of multi-ring impact basins: The Moon and other planets, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
- Paul D. Spudis, The Once and Future Moon, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, ISBN 1-56098-634-4.
- Ben Bussey and Paul D. Spudis, The Clementine Atlas of the Moon, Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-81528-2.
- Anne and Paul Spudis, Moonwake: The Lunar Frontier, Xlibris Corporation, 2005, ISBN 1425700918.
- Graham Ryder and P. D. Spudis, Volcanism prior to the termination of the heavy bombardment: Evidence, characteristics, and concepts, 1979, Conference on the Lunar Highlands Crust, 132-134.
- P. Spudis and Graham Ryder, Apollo 17 impact melts and the geology of the Taurus-Littrow highlands, 1980, Conference on Multiring Basins, 86-88.
- Graham Ryder and P. Spudis, Materials in the Apennine Front, Apollo 15, 1985, LPS XVI, 722-723.
- Graham Ryder and P. Spudis, Diversity of impact melt compositions at the Apennine Front, 1986, LPS XVII, 744-745.
- K. McCormick, G. Taylor, K. Keil, P. Spudis, R.A.F. Grieve, and Graham Ryder, Sources of clasts in impact melts, 1988, LPS XIX, 748-749.
- P. Spudis, G.J. Taylor, K.A. McCormick, Graham Ryder, K. Keil, and R.A.F. Grieve, Clasts in lunar impact melts and the origin of low-K Fra Mauro basalt, 1990, LPS XXI, 1188-1189.
- P. D. Spudis, Graham Ryder, and G.J. Taylor, Lunar LKFM basaltic impact melts: clues to impact processes and crustal compositions, 1991, Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Progs. 23, A369.
- M. Norman, G.J. Taylor, P. Spudis, and Graham Ryder, Lithologies contributing to the clast population in Apollo 17 LKFM basaltic impact melts, 1992, Workshop on the Geology of the Apollo 17 landing site, (Eds. G. Ryder, H.H. Schmitt, and P.D. Spudis), LPI Tech. Rept. 92-02, 42-44.
- V. L. Sharpton, Luis E. Marin, Benjamin C. Schuraytz, Paul D. Spudis, and Graham Ryder, Constraints on excavation and mixing during the Chicxulub impact event, 1994, LPS XXV, 1255-1256.
- Ben Bussey and Paul D. Spudis, Small Spacecraft Exploration of the Moon, 2003, International Academy of Astronautics.
- E. "Pete" Aldridge (Chair), C.S. Fiorina, M.P. Jackson, L. A. Leshin, L.L. Lyles, P.D. Spudis, N. D. Tyson, R.A, Walker, and M.T. Zuber, A Journey to Inspire, Innovate, and Discover, June 2004, President's Commission on Implementation of the United States Space Exploration Policy.
- D. B. J. Bussey, M. S. Robinson, P. D. Spudis, Ideal Landing Sites Near the Lunar Poles, 2004, Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV.