I’m Kevin M. Cannon:
planetary scientist

I study planetary materials and 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. 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

Lunar ISRU 2019
July 15-17, 2019
Columbia, MD
Talk: The Importance of Mineralogically Accurate Simulants for Lunar ISRU and Strategic Regolith Processing

NASA Exploration Science Forum
July 23-25, 2019
Moffett Field, CA

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