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Missions & Projects

LASP has a long history of involvement in space missions, beginning in the 1960s and remaining strong today. On any individual mission, LASP may have one or more roles: science direction and research; engineering of an individual instrument or component; engineering of an entire instrument suite; mission operations of individual instruments; or mission operations for the spacecraft as a whole.

CU undergraduate and graduate students are typically involved as part of any mission work that LASP undertakes. Sometimes, student teams lead instrument development under the supervision of professionals; examples include the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer, the Solar Mesosphere Explorer, and the Student Dust Counter.

Mission timeline