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Lindsay P Keller

Planetary Scientist

Contact Information

Phone: 281.483.6090
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Lindsay P Keller


Lindsay Keller is a planetary scientist and manager of the Electron Beam Analysis Labs within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. Keller completed his National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Johnson and then worked in Atlanta as a materials scientist in the private sector before returning to Johnson in 2000. Currently, Keller’s research group focuses on the atomic-scale minerology and chemistry of comets, meteorites, asteroids and lunar samples. Additionally, Keller is a co-investigator on the OSIRIS-Rex mission to return samples of asteroid Bennu.


DegreeArea of StudySchoolYear
Ph.D.GeologyArizona State University1989
M.S.Soil ScienceNorth Dakota State University1985
B.S.GeologyNorth Dakota State University1983

Research/Engineering Interests

Early solar system processes; the nature of comets; the mineralogy of interstellar dust and dust from other stars; space weathering processes on the moon and asteroids; transmission electron microscopy and associated techniques, infrared spectroscopy.

Selected Publications

Keller, L. P., Snead, C. and McKeegan, K. D. (2017) Giant planet formation and the evolution of oxygen isotopes in the Solar System. LPS XLVIII, #2457.

Keller, L. P., Berger, E. L., Christoffersen, R. and Zhang, S. (2016) Direct determination of the space weathering rates in lunar soils and Itokawa regolith from sample analyses. LPS XLVII, #2525.

Keller, L. P. and Berger, E. L. (2014) A transmission electron microscope study of Itokawa regolith grains, Earth Planets Space, 66, 71-80.

Keller, L. P. and Messenger, S. (2011) On the origins of GEMS grains. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 5336-5365.

Keller, L. P. et al. (2006) Infrared spectroscopy of Comet 81P/Wild 2 samples returned by Stardust. Science, 314, 1728-1731.

Keller, L. P. and S. Messenger (2005) The Nature and Origin of Interplanetary Dust: High Temperature Components, In Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk, edited by A. N. Krot, E. R. D. Scott, and B. Reipurth, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, 341, 657-665.

Keller, L. P., S. Messenger, G. J. Flynn, S. Clemett, S. Wirick and C. Jacobsen (2004) The nature of molecular cloud material in interplanetary dust. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 68, 2577-2589.

Keller, L. P., S. Hony, J. P. Bradley, J. Bouwman, F. J. Molster, L. B. F. M. Waters, D. E. Brownlee, G. J. Flynn, T. Henning and H. Mutschke (2002) Identification of iron sulphide grains in protoplanetary disks, Nature, 417, 148-150.

Keller, L. P., S. Messenger, and J. P. Bradley (2000) Analysis of a deuterium-rich interplanetary dust particle and implications for presolar materials in IDPs. Journal of Geophysical Research – Space Physics, 105, A5, 10,397-10,402.

Keller, L. P. and McKay, D. S. (1997) The nature and origin of rims on lunar soil grains. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 61, 2331-2340.