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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 Event: MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion

Special Event: MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion
Event Date:   September 21, 2014
Time:   7 - 9 p.m. (MDT)
Doors open at:   6:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Technology Building - 1234 Innovation Drive - Boulder, CO (Map and Directions)
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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.

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International Observe the Moon Night 2012

International Observe the Moon Night 2012
Event Date:   Saturday, September 22, 2012
Time:   7-10 PM
Doors open at:   7 PM
Location:   Twenty Ninth Street Mall, 29th and Canyon
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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 […]

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Special Event: Cluster-THEMIS Workshop

Special Event: Cluster-THEMIS Workshop
Event Date:   October 1-5, 2012
Time:   Please see the agenda below
Doors open at:   8 AM Monday, Oct. 1
Location:   LASP Space Science Building (SPSC)
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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 […]

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Special Event: Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Pajama Party

Special Event:  Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Pajama Party
Event Date:   August 5, 2012
Time:   9:30 PM
Doors open at:   9 PM
Location:   Auditorium 299 & A200
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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 […]

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Special Event: The 30th Anniversary of the Solar Mesosphere Explorer

Special Event: The 30th Anniversary of the Solar Mesosphere Explorer
Event Date:   October 6 & 7, 2011
Time:   8:30 AM October 6—4:30 PM October 7
Doors open at:   8:30 AM Thursday, Oct. 6
Location:   University of Colorado Boulder
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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.

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Special Event: The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate

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

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Special Event: The Future of Commercial Space Flight

Special Event: The Future of Commercial Space Flight
Event Date:   April 29, 2011
Time:   7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Doors open at:   6:00 p.m.
Location:   Math 100; University of Colorado Boulder
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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

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Special Event: Planetary Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting

Special Event: Planetary Decadal Survey Town Hall Meeting
Event Date:   March 30, 2011
Time:   7:30 pm
Doors open at:   7:00 pm
Location:   Conference Room A200
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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.

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

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

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Special Event: MESSENGER Mission Orbit Insertion

Special Event: MESSENGER Mission Orbit Insertion
Event Date:   March 17, 2011
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Doors open at:   5:30 p.m.
Location:   Auditorium - 299 & Room A200
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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

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