I’m Kevin M. Cannon:
planetary scientist

I study planetary materials and space 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.

Lunar Ice Mining

A variety of resources and tools, including "Ice Prospecting: Your Guide to Getting Rich on the Moon"

Eat Like a Martian

I’m exploring how to feed a large population on Mars, and created this project to show how to "Eat like a Martian" on Earth

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 (Google Scholar profile)

2019. Liao, C.-T., Y. H. Lo, J. Zhou, A. Rana, C. S. Bevis, G. Gui, B. Enders, K. Cannon, D. Shapiro, C. Bennett, H. Kapteyn, R. Falcone, J. Miao, and M. Murnane
SQUARREL: Scattering Quotient Analysis to Retrieve the Ratio of Elements in X-ray Ptychography
Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25 (Suppl 2), 112.

2019. Cannon, K. M., and D. T. Britt
Feeding One Million People on Mars
Accepted in New Space

2019. Britt, D. T., Cannon, K. M., Donaldson Hanna, K., Hogancamp, J., Poch, O., Beck, P., Martin, D., Escrig, J., Bonal, L., and P. T. Metzger
Simulated asteroid materials based on carbonaceous chondrite mineralogies.
MAPS, in press.

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.

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