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.

CLICK on any of the missions in the timeline below to access mission information. 

Mission timeline

Object of study
Key
Development
Cruise
Orbiting
Anticipated End
Voyager 1 flyby
Voyager 2 flyby
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