Bradley Jolliff

Bradley Jolliff


Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences

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Jolliff is focused on the study of minerals and rocks of the Earth, the moon, Mars and meteorites, and what they reveal about conditions of formation and planetary processes over the past 4.5 billion years. His research includes sample analysis, surface science and remote sensing, as well as laboratory studies.

As a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team, he investigates the surface of the moon, relating what can be seen from orbit to what is known about the moon through the study of lunar meteorites and Apollo samples. Investigations relating to Mars include study of the geologic materials analyzed with rovers, martian meteorites, and terrestrial analogs. These studies seek to understand the mineralogic, petrologic and geochemical relationships and the formation conditions of planetary materials.

Jolliff is the principal investigator of the Electron Microprobe Laboratory at Washington University. He leads the Planetary Materials Research Group and he works on on space weathering of planetary surface materials as part of the ICE Five-O SSERVI node. Jolliff also leads the Washington University team that is part of NASA’s Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis program.

Jolliff is the director of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences.

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China probe returns with ‘treasure trove’ of moon rocks

China probe returns with ‘treasure trove’ of moon rocks

The Chinese space agency announced Dec. 16 the return of a lunar probe bringing back the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. Bradley L. Jolliff, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, reflects on the scientific value of the samples.
Old rocks, new science: What the moon is still teaching us

Old rocks, new science: What the moon is still teaching us

In September 1969, Washington University in St. Louis scientists were among the first to receive samples collected from the historic Apollo 11 moon mission. At this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Convention, a student, a faculty member and an alum remind us of the value of these samples and share cutting edge research on decades-old rocks.
On Apollo legacy, and why we should return to the moon

On Apollo legacy, and why we should return to the moon

Humans have already learned much from the very first moon samples collected by the Apollo program astronauts. As NASA plans for its next manned mission by 2024, a leading lunar expert shares his science priorities for the return: “We need to learn how to live and work off Earth and beyond the low Earth orbit.”
The scientific legacy of the Apollo program

The scientific legacy of the Apollo program

Together, the six Apollo landings laid the foundation for modern planetary science, says Brad Jolliff, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences. Today’s research continues to provide a gateway to the solar system. Read the full piece by Jolliff and his colleague Mark Robinson, professor at Arizona State University and principal investigator of the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, in Physics Today.
New moon rock offers clues to moon’s formation

New moon rock offers clues to moon’s formation

The Moon was never a fully homogenized body like Earth, analysis of Moon rocks made by the Chinese rover, Yutu, suggests. The basalts the rover examined are a new type, chemically different from those retrieved by the Apollo and Luna missions 40 years ago.