LASP space research history is rich with suborbital flights on sounding rockets, balloons, and aircraft. It began in 1950 with flights of its biaxial pointing platform on V2 rockets captured from the Germans. These early rocket experiments discovered the ultraviolet radiation from the Sun and Earth’s upper atmosphere and then expanded into planetary studies in the 1960s.
While satellite observations are more common now, suborbital experiments are still important today to NASA and LASP for unique science events, such as the passing of a comet, development of new technology for space research, underflight calibration for satellite instruments, and training of the next generation of space scientists and engineers. Come to learn more about LASP’s rocket programs and experience the view from inside a rocket.
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