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UH Mānoa on the Moon

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Drs. B. Ray Hawke, Jeffrey Gillis-Davis and Paul Lucey, researchers at UH Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, are participating in a mission to the Moon.

The three faculty members are contributing scientists on three of the seven powerful instruments to be used by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to perform a survey of the Moon in preparation for human return in 2020.

Learn more about HIGP and this mission at NASA’s LRO site opens in a new window.


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Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is recognized for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, education, tropical agriculture, cancer, and genetics.

Top Public University

One of only a handful of universities nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 50 public universities in research funding by the National Science Foundation. UH Mānoa received $333 million per annum in extramural awards averaged over the last five years. Seven of UH Mānoa's faculty are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Institute of Medicine.

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Kaunānā is the online research publication of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Unique Facilities

UH Mānoa is home to some of the world's most unique research facilities.

For example, this includes the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics & Planetology, with laboratories in cosmochemistry, infrared spectroscopy, infrasound, paleomagnetics, and Raman spectroscopy.

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island offers year-round access to Kaneʻohe Bay as well as flumes simulating coral reef flat environments, reef microcosm tanks, controlled tidal ponds, and much more.

The Institute for Astronomy conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the Sun at its world-class astronomical observing facilities on Oʻahu, Maui, and the Big Island.

Learn more about our resources, research units, and centers & institutes.