I’m Dr. Kevin M. Cannon:
planetary scientist

I study planetary resources to help make human space exploration and permanent settlement a reality.

My Projects

Exolith Lab

I founded and run the Exolith Lab, where we produce high-fidelity regolith simulants for Mars, the Moon, and asteroids.

Planetary Simulant Database

I created and maintain the Planetary Simulant Database, a free resource with data on historic and current regolith simulants.

P Furiosus

I write a quarterly newsletter called P Furiosus, highlighting new ideas in planetary and space science.

What I’ve Published Lately (CV / Google Scholar profile)

2019. Metzger, P. T., D. T. Britt, S. Covey, C. Schultz, K. M. Cannon, K. D. Grossman, G. D. Mantovani, and R. P. Mueller
Measuring the Fidelity of Asteroid Regolith and Cobble Simulants.
Icarus, 321, 632-646.

2019. Cannon, K. M., D. T. Britt, T. M. Smith, R. F. Fritsche, and D. Batcheldor
Mars Global Simulant MGS-1: A Rocknest-based open standard for basaltic martian soil simulants.
Icarus, 317, 470-478.

2018. Tarnas, J., J. F. Mustard, B. Sherwood Lollar, M. S. Bramble, K. M. Cannon, A. M. Palumbo, and A.-C. Plesa
Radiolytic H2 production on Noachian Mars: Implications for Habitability.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 502, 133-145.

2017. Cannon, K. M., S. W. Parman, and J. F. Mustard
Primordial Clays on Mars Formed Beneath a Steam or Supercritical Atmosphere.
Nature, 552, 88-91.

Where I’ll Be: Upcoming Meetings

LPSC 2019
March 18-22, 2019
The Woodlands, TX
Talk: Weds, March 20, 1:45pm in WW6. Into the Mire: The Behavior of Fines in a Mud Ocean on Ceres and other Carbonaceous Bodies

Lunar ISRU 2019
July 15-17, 2019
Columbia, MD

Contact Info

Feel free to contact me about my work, potential speaking appearances, or possible collaborations.
Email: cannon@ucf.edu
Cell: (+1) 401-340-6608
Twitter: @kmcannon