Clive Neal

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

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Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

  • Lunar petrology (rocks)
  • Geochemistry
  • Planetary geology
  • The moon

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The “Real” Conspiracy Theories Behind Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall

Clive R. Neal, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, describes it this way on NASA’s website: “The moon was ringing like a bell.”

China’s New Moon Rocks Hint at a Violent, Wet History

But Clive Neal, a planetary geologist at the University of Notre Dame, told The Daily Beast it’s all about properly interpreting the new findings.

NASA looking for earlier launch of lunar orbiter smallsat mission

Clive Neal, a committee member from the University of Notre Dame, asked if it would be possible to launch Lunar Trailblazer as a co-manifested payload on one of the series of Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) missions that will be launching to the moon starting late this year.

China's Yutu 2 rover finds 'milestone' on far side of the moon

Clive Neal, a leading lunar expert at the University of Notre Dame, agrees that, based on the images, the specimens are impact ejecta rather than exposed bedrocks.

Will increasing traffic to the Moon contaminate its precious ice?

“Right now, we’ve got some scientists saying we can’t go anywhere near it because we’re going to ruin it,” says Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 

China Brings Moon Rocks to Earth, and a New Era of Competition to Space

“They represent a completely different era of lunar history and will definitely help in our quest to understand the evolution of our moon,” wrote Clive R. Neal, a professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame who said he would love a chance to examine the new samples.

NASA is paying startups for moon rocks. It's not what you think

"It's important that we balance, moving forward together in a way that will enable this [lunar] economy as well as the science," said Clive Neal, an engineering professor at the University of Notre Dame.

China Moon mission and a scholar on death row

If the mission achieves its goals, it will mark the beginning of a new era of robotic sample returns from the Moon, which will undoubtedly change scientists’ understanding of the planetary body, says Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Chang’e-5: why has China sent a probe to the moon?

Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, told Nature the lander could crash, topple over, or the samples could fall out as it moves. 

China just landed its Chang'e-5 spacecraft on the moon. The mission could bring moon rocks to Earth for the first time in 40-plus years.

"The moon is small, so its heat engine should have run out a long time ago," Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, told Nature.

China just launched a mission to the moon to collect rock samples — the first time a country will have done so in more than 40 years

"The moon is small, so its heat engine should have run out a long time ago," Clive Neal, a geoscientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, told Nature.

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