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Dr. Dan Baker

Dr. Daniel Baker is the Director of LASP. (Courtesy Patrick Campbell/CU-Boulder)

At the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), we bring together space science, space technology, and the education of the next generation of space professionals.

LASP is the world’s only space research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto. This is only one aspect of what we do, but it’s the kind of success that comes from our commitment to asking and answering the most exciting questions in planetary science, space physics, solar influences, and atmospheric science.

LASP has emerged as one of an elite group of space centers able to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of space exploration in the new millennium. Our ability to blend space science with hardware design, development, implementation, mission operations, and data management is almost one-of-a-kind among university-based space centers. With up to a dozen space science flight programs in development at any given time, the ability to build multiple space instruments simultaneously in our state-of-the-art facilities, and the demonstrated experience to operate as many as eleven space instruments concurrently, LASP is a leader in space exploration.

Add the deep and abiding integration of undergraduate and graduate students into our organization, and we further grow our capacities: we embrace the enthusiasm of our nation’s future scientists and engineers while training them for life after graduation.

Dr. Dan Baker
LASP Director