Current PhD Students
Sarah Deitrick
Hunter Danque
Kyla Edison
Steven Coutts
Chance Amos

PI: Kevin M. Cannon
Assistant Professor
Geology and Geological Engineering
Space Resources Program
cannon@mines.edu | 401-340-6608

Undergraduates
Zoe Bowers
Daniel Abel
Luke Schalla

Research Areas

Space Resources

  • Geologic models for space resources
  • Predictive maps of ice favorability
  • Prospecting strategies & tools

Regolith Processing

  • Regolith simulant synthesis & analysis
  • Particle size and shape characterization
  • Reacting and modifying regolith

Planetary Cartography

  • Illumination & line of sight modeling
  • Landing site analysis
  • 2D & 3D visualization, AR/VR

Currently Funded Projects

Facilities & Capabilities

Planetary Cartography Lab
The Planetary Cartography Lab is located in GRL 238, and hosts computing and software resources for mapping, geospatial analysis, and remote sensing for all planetary bodies. Equipment includes an 86" SMART Board interactive display, large format 2D & 3D printers, and VR headsets.

Space Resources Lab
We also have equipment in the shared Space Resources Lab in GRL 140: this includes a Microtrac SYNC particle size and shape analyzer, and instruments and materials for synthesizing and analyzing high-fidelity regolith simulants.

Links & Projects

Artemis Base MapsA set of mapping products for prospective landing sites for the Artemis missions

Eat Like a MartianWe’re exploring food produced by ISRU, and food logistics for space missions

Lunar Mining & Landing SitesA variety of resources and tools, including "Ice Prospecting: Your Guide to Getting Rich on the Moon"

Planetary IntelligenceSubstack where we write mostly about space resources and development

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

What we’ve published lately

2021. Cannon, K. M.
Accessible Carbon on the Moon
arXiv:2104.13521.

2021. J.D. Tarnas, J.F. Mustard, B. Sherwood Lollar, V. Stamenković, K.M. Cannon, J.-P. Lorand, T.C. Onstott, J.R. Michalski, O. Warr, A.M. Palumbo, and A.-C. Plesa
Earth-like Habitable Environments in the Subsurface of Mars
Astrobiology, in press.

2021. Tarnas, J. D., J. F. Mustard, X. Wu, E. Das, K. M. Cannon. C. B. Hundal, A. C. Pascuzzo, J. R. Kellner, and M. Parente
Successes and challenges of factor analysis/target transformation application to visible-to-near-infrared hyperspectral data
Icarus, 114402.

2021. Neish, C. D., K. M. Cannon, L. L. Tornabene, R. L. Flemming, M. Zanetti, and E. Pilles
Spectral properties of lunar impact melt deposits from Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) data
Icarus, 114392.

2020. Cannon, K. M., A. N. Deutsch, J. W. Head, and D. T. Britt
Stratigraphy of ice and ejecta deposits at the lunar poles
Geophysical Research Letters, e2020GL088920.

Contact Info

Feel free to contact me about our groups’ work, potential speaking appearances, or possible collaborations.
Email: cannon@mines.edu
Cell: (+1) 401-340-6608