Public Lectures

Please see below for the schedule of our 2017-18 public lecture series.

Useful information for attending our lectures:

  • Free and open to the public
  • Start at 7:30 PM (doors at 7:00 PM)
  • Held in the LASP Space Technology Building
  • Free parking in the lot in front of the building
  • First Wednesdays, October-May, except January

For more information, contact the LASP Office of Communications and Outreach at

Videos of the 2016-17 Public Lecture Series and other seasons can be viewed on the LASP YouTube channel.

Featured Public Event

Current Schedule:

The Parker Solar Probe: The First Mission to Our Nearest Star

The Parker Solar Probe: The First Mission to Our Nearest Star
Speaker:   David Malaspina
Date:   Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Time:   7:30 PM
Location:   LSTB-299 (1234 Innovation Drive)


Later this summer, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will begin a historic mission to our nearest star, the Sun. By measuring particles, electric fields, and magnetic fields, Parker Solar Probe will strive to answer Big Questions about the sources and variability of the solar wind. Understanding the solar wind is important, in part, because it carries energy and momentum from the Sun to the Earth, profoundly shaping the near-Earth space environment. To carry out its mission, the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft must travel very close to the Sun, reaching a distance of less than 5 million miles from the solar surface. This orbit requires the spacecraft to endure extreme heat, extreme cold, and unprecedented speeds, all with minimal communication with Earth.

Dr. Malaspina will discuss the solar wind and the Big Questions that motivate Parker Solar Probe. He will describe the spacecraft, including its scientific instruments, challenges to its survival, and its orbit. Finally, he will present LASP’s contribution to the FIELDS instrument and report on preparations for this summer’s launch.

Watch the Public Lecture on YouTube