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  • Johnson, B.C. and M.M. Sori (2020). Landslide morphology and mobility on Ceres controlled by topography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. doi: 10.1029/2020JE006640.
  • Martellato, E., A.M. Bramson, G. Cremonese, A. Lucchetti, F. Marzari, M. Massironi, C. Re, and S. Byrne (2020). Martian ice revealed by modeling of simple terraced crater formation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125.
  • Johnson, B.C., M.M. Sori, and A.J. Evans (2020). Ferrovolcanism on metal worlds and the origin of pallasites, Nature Astronomy, 4, 41–44.


  • Thompson, M.S., Loeffler, M.J., Morris, R.V., Keller, L.P. and Christoffersen, R. (2019). Spectral and chemical effects of simulated space weathering of the Murchison CM2 carbonaceous chondrite. Icarus.
  • Graves, K. J., D.A. Minton, J.L. Molaro, & M. Hirabayashi (2019) Resurfacing asteroids from thermally induced surface degradation. Icarus, 322:1–12. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.003
  • J. Lai, B. Horgan, J. Bell (2019), Assessing martian bedrock mineralogy through “windows” in the dust using near-infrared and thermal-infrared remote sensing, Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.019


  • Hesselbrock, A.J. and D.A. Minton (2019). Three Dynamical Evolution Regimes for Coupled Ring-Satellite Systems and Implications for the Formation of the Uranian Satellite Miranda. The Astronomical Journal. 157 (1) p30. doi:10.3847/1538-3881/aaf23a Preprint
  • Huang, Y-.H., D.A. Minton, N. E. B. Zellner, M. Hirabayashi, J. E. Richardson, and C. I. Fassett. (2018). No Change in the Recent Lunar Impact Flux Required Based on Modeling of Impact Glass Spherule Age Distributions. Geophysical Research Letters. 218 (2) 906–6813. doi:10.1029/2018GL077254
  • Elliott, J.R., Y-.H. Huang, D.A. Minton, A.M. Freed. (2018). The Length of Lunar Crater Rays Explained Using Secondary Crater Scaling. Icarus, 312:231-246. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.04.015
  • Hirabayashi, M., B.A. Howl, C.I. Fassett, J.M. Soderblom, D.A. Minton, H.J. Melosh. (2018). The role of breccia lenses in regolith generation from the formation of small, simple craters: Application to the Apollo 15 landing site. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 123, 527–543. doi:10.1002/2017JE005377
  • Graves, K.J., D.A. Minton, M. Hirabayashi, F.E. DeMeo, B. Carry. (2018) Resurfacing asteroids from YORP spin-up and failure. Icarus.304:162–171.  doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2017.08.025
  • S. Ackiss, B. Horgan, F. Seelos, W. Farrand, J. Wray (2018), Mineralogic evidence for subglacial volcanism in the Sisyphi Montes Region of Mars, Icarus, 311, 357-370, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.03.026.
  • D. W. Beaty, M. M. Grady, H. Y. McSween, E. Sefton-Nash, B. L. Carrier, and the iMOST working group (2018) The Potential Science and Engineering Value of Samples Delivered to Earth by Mars Sample Return, 186 p. white paper. Peer reviewed and posted August, 2018 by MEPAG at
  • T. Bristow, E. Rampe, C. Achilles, D. Blake, S. Chipera, P. Craig, J. Crisp, D. Des Marais, R. Downs, R. Gellert, J. Grotzinger, R. Hazen, B. Horgan, and 12 others (2018), Clay mineral diversity and abundance in sedimentary rocks of Gale crater, Mars, Science Advances, 4, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar3330.
  • R. Smith, E. Rampe, B. Horgan, E. DeHouck (2018), Deriving amorphous component abundance and composition of rocks and sediments on Earth and Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, doi: 10.1029/2018JE005612.
  • E. Rampe, M. Lapotre, T. Bristow, R. Arvidson, R. Morris, C. Achilles, C. Weitz, D. Blake, D. Ming, S. Morrison, D. Vaniman, S. Chipera, R. Downs, J. Grotzinger, R. Hazen, T. Peretyazhko, B. Sutter, V. Tu, A. Yen, B. Horgan, and 9 others (2018), Sand mineralogy within the Bagnold Dunes, Gale crater, as observed in situ and from orbit, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2018GL079073.
  • A. Rutledge, B. Horgan, J. Havig, E. Rampe, N. Scudder G, T. Hamilton (2018) Silica dissolution and precipitation in glaciated volcanic environments, and implications for Mars, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2018GL078105.
  • Stack, K. M., Grotzinger, J. P., Lamb, M. P., Gupta, S. , Rubin, D. M., Kah, L. C., Edgar, L. A., Fey, D. M., Hurowitz, J. A., McBride, M. , Rivera‐Hernández, F. , Sumner, D. Y., Van Beek, J. K., Williams, R. M. and Yingst, R. A. (2019), Evidence for plunging river plume deposits in the Pahrump Hills member of the Murray formation, Gale crater, Mars. Sedimentology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/sed.12558
  • Johnson, B.C., Ciesla, F.J., Dullemond, C., Melosh, H. J. (2018) Formation Of Chondrules By Planetesimal Collisions, In Chondrules And The Protoplanetary Disk, (pp. 343-360). Cambridge U. Press.
  • Hirabayashi, M., Howl, B. A., Fassett, C. I., Soderblom, J. M., Minton, D. A., Melosh, H. J. (2018) The Role Of Breccia Lenses In Regolith Generation From The Formation Of Small, Simple Craters:  Application To The Apollo 15 Landing Site. J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 123, 527-543.
  • Melosh, H. J. and Ivanov, B. A. (2018) Slow Impacts On Strong Targets Bring On The Heat, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 2597-2599.
  • Parkos, D., Pikus, A., Alexeenko, A., Melosh, H. J., (2018) HCN Production Via Impact Ejecta Entry During The Late Heavy Bombardment, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 459, 419-451.
  • Jansen, J.C., Andrews-Hanna, J. C., Milbury, C., Head, J. W., Li, Y. Melosh, H. J., Zuber, M.T. (2019) Radial Gravity Anomalies Associated With The Ejecta Of The Orientale Basin, Icarus, 319, 444-458.
  • Riller, U., Poelchau, M.H., Rae, A.., Schulte, F., Collins, G., Melosh, H.J., Grieve, R., Morgan, J.V., Gulick, S.P., Lofti, J., Mccall, N., Kring, D.A., The LODP-ICDP Expedition 364 Science Party (2018) Rock Fluidization During Peak Ring Formation Of Large Impact Craters, Nature, 562, 511-518.
  • Johnson, B. C., Andrews-hanna, J. C., Collins, G. S., Freed, A. M., Melosh, H. J., Zuber, M. T. (2018) Controls On The Formation Of Lunar Multiring Basins.  J. Geophys Res. Planets 123, 3035–3050.
  • Theinat, A., Modiriasari, A., Bobet, A., Melosh, J., Dyke, S., Ramirez, J., Maghareh, A. Gomez, D. (2018) Geometry And Structural Stability Of Lunar Lava Tubes, 2018 AIAA Space And Astronautics Forum And Exposition, Aiaa Space Forum, (aiaa 2018-5185).


  • Huang, Y-.H., D.A. Minton, M. Hirabayashi, J.R. Elliott, J.E. Richardson, C.I. Fassett, and N.E.B. Zellner (2017) Heterogeneous impact transport on the Moon. Journal of Geophysical Research. 122, 1158–1180. doi:10.1002/2016JE005160 PDF.
  • Fassett, C. I., M. C. Crowley, C. Leight, M. D. Dyar, D. A. Minton, M. Hirabayashi, B. J. Thomson, and W. A. Watters (2017), Evidence for rapid topographic evolution and crater degradation on Mercury from simple crater morphometry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 5326–5335, doi:10.1002/2017GL073769.
  • Hesselbrock, A.J. and D.A. Minton (2017) An ongoing satellite–ring cycle of Mars and the origins of Phobos and Deimos. Nature Geoscience. 10(4), 266–269.  doi:10.1038/ngeo2916
  • Hirabayashi, M., D.A. Minton, and C.I. Fassett (2017) An analytical model of crater count equilibrium. Icarus, 289:134-143. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.12.032
  • L. Hays, H. Graham, B. Horgan, S. Potter-McIntyre, A. Williams, D. Des Marais, M. Parenteau, E. Hausrath, T. McCollom, K. Lynch (2017). Report from the Biosignature Preservation and Detection in Mars Analog Environments Workshop, Astrobiology, 17, 363-400, doi:10.1089/ast.2016.1627.
  • H. Melosh, J. Kendall, B. Horgan, B. Johnson, T. Bowling, P. Lucey, G. Taylor (2017). South Pole-Aitken basin ejecta reveal the Moon’s upper mantle, Geology, Geology, 45(12), 1063-1066.
  • R. Smith, B. Horgan, P. Mann, E. Cloutis, P. Christensen (2017). Acid weathering of basalt and basaltic glass: II. Effects of microscopic alteration textures on spectral properties, Icarus, doi:10.1002/2016JE005112.
  • B. Horgan, R. Smith, P. Mann, E. Cloutis, P. Christensen (2017). Acid weathering of basalt and basaltic glass: I. Near-infrared spectra, mid-infrared spectra, and implications for Mars, Icarus, doi:10.1002/2016JE005111.
  • L. Fenton, J. Bishop, S. King, B. Lafuente, B. Horgan, D. Bustos, P. Sarrazin (2017). Sedimentary differentiation of aeolian grains at the White Sands National Monument, NM, USA, Aeolian Research, 26, 117-136, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2016.05.001.
  • Blair, D. M., Chappaz, L, Sood, R., Milbury, C., Bobet, A., Melosh, H. J., Howell, K. C., Freed, A., (2017) Determining The Structural Stability Of Lunar Lava Tubes. Icarus 282, 47-55.
  • Melosh, H. J. (2017) Impact Geologists, Beware!, Geophys. Res, Lett. 44, 8873-8874, Doi:10.1002/2017gl074840.
  • Tabetah, M.E. and Melosh, H. J. (2017) Air Penetration Enhances Fragmentation Of Entering Meteoroids, Meteoritics Planet. Sci., 106, 134.
  • Kaku, T., Haruyama, J., Miyake, W., Kumamoto, A., Ishiyama, K., Nishibori, T., Yamamoto, K., Crites, S. T., Michikami, T., Yokota, Y., Sood, R., Melosh, H. J., Chappaz, L., Howell, K. C. (2017) Detection Of Intact Lava Tubes At Marius Hills On The Moon By Selene (kaguya) Lunar Radar Sounder, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 10.


  • Johnson, B. C., Bowling, T. J., Trowbridge, A. J., & Freed, A. M. (2016). Formation of the Sputnik Planum basin and the thickness of Pluto's subsurface ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(19).
  • Yingst, R. A., Edgett, K. S., Kennedy, M. R., Krezoski, G. M., McBride, M. J., Minitti, M. E., Ravine, M. A., and Williams, R. M. E.: MAHLI on Mars: lessons learned operating a geoscience camera on a landed payload robotic arm, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 5, 205-217, doi:10.5194/gi-5-205-2016, 2016.
  • B. Ehlmann*, F. Anderson, J. Andrews-Hanna, J. Carter, D. Catling, P. Christensen, B. Cohen, C. Dressing, C. Edwards, L. Elkins-Tanton, K. Farley, C. Fassett, W. Fischer, A. Fraeman, M. Golombek, V. Hamilton, A. Hayes, C. Herd, B. Horgan, and 28 others (2016). The sustainability of habitability on terrestrial planets: Insights, questions, and needed measurements from Mars for understanding the evolution of Earth-like worlds, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2016JE005134.
  • K. Bennett, B. Horgan, L. Gaddis, B. Greenhagen, C. Allen, P. Hayne, J. Bell, and D. Paige (2016). Complex explosive volcanic activity within Oppenheimer Crater on the Moon, Icarus, 273, 296–314, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.007.
  • Devries, J., Nimmo, F., Melosh, H.J. , Jacobson, S., Morbidelli, A., Rubie, D. (2016)  Impact-induced Melting During Accretion Of The Earth., Prog. Earth Planet. Sci, Doi 10.1186/s40645-016-0083-8.
  • Johnson, B. C., Campbell, C. S. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) The Reduction Of Friction In Long Runout Landslides As An Emergent Phenomenon, J. Geophys. Res.,121, 881-889.
  • Steckloff, J. K., Graves, K., Hirabayashi, M., Melosh, H. J., Richardson, J. (2016) Rotationally Induced Surface Slope-instabilities And The Activation Of Co2 Activity On Comet 103p/hartley 2, Icarus272, 60-69.
  • Johnson, B. C., Campbell, C. S. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) Reply To Comment By Davies And McSaveny On “the Reduction Of Friction In Long Runout Landslides As An Emergent Phenomenon”, J. Geophys. Res., 121,1721-1723.
  • Johnson, B. C., Campbell, C. S. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) Reply To Comment By Iverson On “the Reduction Of Friction In Long Runout Landslides As An Emergent Phenomenon”, J. Geophys. Res. in Press.
  • Trowbridge, A. J., Melosh, H. J., Steckloff, J. K., and Freed, A. M. (2016) Vigorous Convection As The Explanation For Pluto’s Polygonal Terrain, Nature,534, 79-81.
  • Kendall, J. and Melosh, H. J. (2016) Differentiated Planetesimal Impacts Into A Terrestrial Magma Ocean: Fate Of The Iron Core, EPSL, 448, 24-33.
  • Johnson, B.C., Blair, D.M., Collins, G., Melosh, H. J., Freed, A. M. Taylor, G., Head, J. Wieczorek, M., Andrews-Hanna, J., Nimmo, F., Keane, J. T., Miljkovic, K., Soderblom, J. M., Zuber, M. T. (2016) The Formation Of The Orientale Lunar Multi-ring Basin, Science, 354, 441-444.
  • Zuber, M.T., Smith, D.E., Neumann, G.A., Goossens, S., Andrews-hanna, J.C., Head, J.W., Kiefer, W.S., Asmar, S.W., Knonplif, A.S., Lemoine, F.G., Matsuyama, I., Melosh, H.j., Mcgovern, P.J., Nimmo, F., Phillips, R.J., Solomon, S.C., Taylor, G.J., Watkins, M.M., Wieczorek, M.A., Williams, J.G., Jansen, J.C., Johnson, B.C., Keane, J.T., Mazarico, E., Miljkovic, K., Park, R.S., Soderblom, J.M., Yuan, D-n. (2016) Gravity Field Of The Orientale Basin From The Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission.  Science, 354, 438-441.
  • Sood, R., Chappaz, L., Melosh, H.J., Howell, K.C., Milbury, C., Blair, D.M., Zuber, M.T. (2016) Detection And Characterization Of Buried Lunar Craters With Grail Data, Icarus 289, 157-172.
  • Chappaz, L., Sood, R., Melosh, H.J., Howell, K.C., Blair, D.M., Milbury, C., Zuber, M.T. (2016) Evidence Of Large Empty Lava Tubes On The Moon Using Grail Gravity, Geophysical Research Letters 44, 105-112.

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