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Our vision is to identify and address key questions in solar influences, atmospheric, planetary and space sciences.

 

LASP is a full-cycle institution

LASP scientists develop scientific requirements; our engineers develop scientific instruments and spacecraft; and our mission operators control and capture data from space missions. Students are integrated at all levels. (Courtesy LASP)

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA.  We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

LASP is an affiliate of CU-Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners.

 

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