LASP’s vision is to maintain world-leadership status in identifying and addressing key questions in planetary science, space physics, solar influences, and atmospheric science.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA.  We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

Mission Statement: LASP seeks continuously to maintain and improve the capability to pursue key science questions using experimental, laboratory, theoretical, and information systems approaches. LASP is dedicated to building and maintaining a unique synergism of expertise in space science, engineering, and spacecraft operations. Through research projects, LASP participates actively in the training of the future leaders of space research and helps the University of Colorado to educate students with valued technical and scientific skills. The progressive development and use of innovative technologies and continuing participation in new research initiatives will help ensure a strong leadership role for LASP into the future.

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