Agency history, 1974-

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  • El-Baz, Farouk
  • Maxwell, Ted A
  • Campbell, Bruce A (Bruce Allan) 1964-
  • Watters, Thomas R
  • Zimbelman, James R
  • Irwin, Rossman P III
  • Grant, John A (John Alexander)


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Institution Archives, 1996
  • Smithsonian Institution, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies [], 01/19/00
  • National Air and Space Museum, Research, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Staff,, accessed 2006-2010
  • National Air and Space Museum, James Ray Zimbelman, CV,, accessed 2007
  • Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physical Laboratory Colloquium, Colloquium Topic: What Lies Beneath? Using Radar to Look Below the Surface of the Moon and Mars, Colloquium Speaker: Bruce Campbell, February 9, 2007,, accessed January 11, 2022
  • National Air and Space Museum, People, Staff, Bruce A. Campbell,, accessed Janaury 11, 2022
  • National Air and Space Museum, People, Staff, Ross Irwin,, accessed January 11, 2022
  • The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) is a scientific research unit within the Collections and Research Department of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. CEPS performs original research and outreach activities on topics covering planetary science, terrestrial geophysics, and the remote sensing of environmental change.
  • CEPS was established in 1974 as part of a formal program of research at the Museum. At the same time, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) transferred its collection of lunar and scientific maps and photographs to CEPS.
  • Farouk El-Baz, a lunar geologist and a member of the International Astronomical Union Taskgroup for Lunar Nomenclature, was appointed first Research Director in 1974, and served in that capacity until 1982. In 1982 Ted A. Maxwell was named Acting Research Director. He then held the title of Chair, 1983-1988. Thomas R. Watters later served as acting Chair from 1989 until about 1998. Bruce A. Campbell has served as Chair, 1998-2002. James R. Zimbelman was Chair, 2002-2006; followed by John A. Grant, Chair, 2007-2010; Bruce A. Campbell, Chair, 2015-2019; and Rossman P. Irwin, III, Chair, 2019- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."

Repository Loc.

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  • 1974
  • 1974-


  • Exploration
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Museum curators
  • Museum exhibits


Outer space


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00128

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