Special Events

Special events at LASP include free open house and mission-related events for the public, specialized scientific conferences, and other targeted events. Free parking is available for our events. See Visitor Information for local area information, maps, and directions.



Special Events Schedule:

IMPACT Center – Industry Open House Event

IMPACT Center – Industry Open House Event
Date:   Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time:   4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location:   The IMPACT Center
3400 Marine Street
Boulder, CO 80301 (map)
Abstract:  

With funding from NASA, the Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) studies the dusty plasma environments around airless bodies within the interplanetary medium, and includes partnerships with CU Boulder’s departments of physics and aerospace engineering sciences, CU LASP, the Colorado School of Mines, and international collaborators.

The January 30 Industry Open House event provides an opportunity for aerospace contractors with high-speed impact testing needs to view the Lab’s facilities.

International Observe the Moon Night 2017

International Observe the Moon Night 2017
Date:   October 28, 2017
Time:   6-10 PM
Location:   Pearl Street Mall at Boulder County Courthouse (1325 Pearl St.)
Abstract:  

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual, worldwide celebration and an opportunity to take notice of the Moon’s beauty. Join us for an evening of Moon viewing and lunar activities for all ages. Scientists and staff from the LASP Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) will be available to answer questions and discuss the latest in lunar discoveries and research. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Boulder InOMN celebration, please contact LASP Education and Public Outreach at epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

Wake up with Cassini: The Grand Finale Event

Wake up with Cassini: The Grand Finale Event
Date:   September 15, 2017
Time:   5:15 - 7:00 a.m. (MDT)
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC) - 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO (map and directions)
Abstract:  

After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, carrying the LASP-built UltraViolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS), will conclude the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Since April 2017, Cassini has completed a daring series of orbits that was, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan on April 22, Cassini began a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings. No other mission has ever explored this unique region.

On the final orbit, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending back new and unique science to the very end. After losing contact with Earth, the spacecraft will burn up like a meteor, becoming part of the planet itself.

MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion

MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion
Date:   September 21, 2014
Time:   7 - 9 p.m. (MDT)
Location:   LASP Space Technology Building - 1234 Innovation Drive - Boulder, CO (Map and Directions)
Abstract:  

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission launched successfully on November 18th, 2013 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After 10 months of travel, the spacecraft is preparing to make its most important maneuver of the mission, when its velocity will be decreased by over 1,200 m/sec in an effort to draw itself into the gravitational pull of the Red Planet.

Join us at LASP, as we celebrate this monumental occasion and watch as the CU-Boulder-led mission enters into orbit and begins its primary science mission to make unprecedented discoveries about Mars’ upper atmosphere and solve the planet’s climate mystery. We’ll have speakers and commentators, who will guide us through the orbit insertion process in conjunction with the live NASA TV broadcast.

Cluster-THEMIS Workshop

Cluster-THEMIS Workshop
Date:   October 1-5, 2012
Time:   Please see the agenda below
Location:   LASP Space Science Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

You may access the full workshop agenda at http://caa.estec.esa.int/wksp/cluster_workshop22_schedule.xml. The 22nd Cluster workshop was combined with the THEMIS mission for a third time, based on the highly sucessful previous meetings in New Hampshire in 2008 and Corfu, Greece in 2010. This year , the workshop incorporated presentations from the ARTEMIS mission. Science from other geospace and… Read more »

International Observe the Moon Night 2012

International Observe the Moon Night 2012
Date:   Saturday, September 22, 2012
Time:   7-10 PM
Location:   Twenty Ninth Street Mall, 29th and Canyon
Abstract:  

The Moon has influenced human lives since the dawn of time. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an opportunity to take notice of the Moon’s beauty and share that experience with one another. Join us for an evening of Moon-viewing and lunar activities for all ages, and “wink at the Moon” with us in… Read more »

Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Pajama Party

Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Pajama Party
Date:   August 5, 2012
Time:   9:30 PM
Location:   Auditorium 299 & A200
Abstract:  

Join us for an evening of talks and activities surrounding the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). Dr. Bruce Jakosky and Dr. David Brain will talk about Mars science and the MSL mission. The landing will be shown on NASA TV, with landing narration done by Mr. Bill Possel and Dr. Jeff Parker. Following… Read more »

The 30th Anniversary of the Solar Mesosphere Explorer

The 30th Anniversary of the Solar Mesosphere Explorer
Date:   October 6 & 7, 2011
Time:   8:30 AM October 6—4:30 PM October 7
Location:   University of Colorado Boulder
Abstract:  

SME was launched thirty years ago and operated successfully for over seven years. It made major contributions to our understanding of atmospheric science, with special emphasis on ozone processes. The SME mission introduced new concepts in managing and operating small satellites, and prepared many students for their ultimate career.

The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate

The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate
Date:   Sept. 8 & 9, 2011
Time:   8:50 AM Sept. 8 — 5:30 PM Sept. 9
Location:   NCAR Mesa Lab—1850 Table Mesa Drive
Abstract:  

This two-day workshop will bring together experts in solar physics and variability and experts in climate studies to examine the current state of research and remaining open questions at the intersection of these fields.

Planetary Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

Planetary Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting
Date:   March 30, 2011
Time:   7:30 pm
Location:   Conference Room A200
Abstract:  

LASP will host a Planetary Decadal Survey town hall meeting to discuss the results of the recently released National Research Council findings related to key questions for NASA research and mission priorities.

The Future of Commercial Space Flight

The Future of Commercial Space Flight
Date:   April 29, 2011
Time:   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location:   Math 100; University of Colorado Boulder
Abstract:  

A new era in space exploration is underway: an era driven by commercial human spaceflight. From suborbital tourism to commercial orbital research stations to commercial lunar expeditions, humans are poised to reach into space in unprecedented ways. Join this discussion of how the new space era is reshaping our view of humanity’s relationship to space exploration!

Speakers will include:
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Corporation
Alan Stern, former NASA executive and New Horizons mission PI

MESSENGER Mission Orbit Insertion

MESSENGER Mission Orbit Insertion
Date:   March 17, 2011
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Location:   Auditorium - 299 & Room A200
Abstract:  

Join us at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics as the MESSENGER spacecraft executes a 15-minute maneuver that will place it into orbit around Mercury, making it the first craft ever to do so, and initiating a one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet.

Speakers will include:
Mark Lankton from LASP-The Messenger Mission
Clark Chapman from the Southwest Research Institute-The Planet Mercury

The Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies hosts Open House

The Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies hosts Open House
Date:   March 4, 2011
Time:   4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location:   Science Learning Laboratory - East Campus (map)
Abstract:  

The Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS) will host a “First Dust” open house on Friday, March 4th from 4 – 6 p.m. The event, which will take place in the Nuclear Physics Laboratory High Bay of the Science Learning Laboratory, will commemorate the commissioning of the new 3 million volt dust accelerator.