Missions

Missions

Fueling new discoveries

Since the dawn of the space age, LASP has actively engaged in missions of exploration. From historic journeys of discovery such as Voyager 1 and 2 to future missions to more accurately measure Earth’s radiation budget, to better understand the asteroid belt, and to search the Jovian moon Europa for conditions suitable for life, LASP is fueling new discoveries in space science.

CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate students participate in every aspect of these missions and also regularly lead instrument development under the supervision of LASP professionals. Student-led instruments include the Venetia Burney Student Dust Counter on New Horizons and the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE).

Explore LASP's Missions:

AE-C & D
Atmosphere Explorer-C & D
AEPEX
Atmospheric Effects of Precipitation through Energetic X-rays
AIM
Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
CANVAS
Climatology of Anthropogenic and Natural VLF wave Activity in Space
Cassini
CIRBE
Colorado Inner Radiation Belt Experiment
CLARREO
Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder
COLLIDE-2
Collisions Into Dust Experiment
CSIM
Compact Spectral Irradiance Monitor
CSSWE
Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment
CTIM FD
Compact Total Irradiance Monitor Flight Demonstration
CUTE
Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment
DEUCE
Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Experiment
DYNAGLO
DYNamics Atmosphere GLObal-Connection
EMM
Emirates Mars Mission
Europa Clipper
EVE Rocket Program
EUV Variability Experiment
Galileo
GDC
Geospace Dynamics Constellation
Glory
GOES-R+
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series Program
GOLD
Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk Program
GTOSat
Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit Satellite
HySICS
HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science Project
ICESat
Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite
IMAP
Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe
INFUSE
The Integral Field Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Experiment
INSPIRE Program
International Satellite Program in Research and Education
IXPE
Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer
Kepler
LADEE
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer
Libera
Mariner 5
Mariner 6, 7, 9
Mars 96
MAVEN
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution
MESSENGER
Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging
MGM
Mechanics of Granular Materials
MinXSS
Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer
MMS
Magnetospheric Multiscale
NEO Surveyor
Near-Earth Object Surveyor Mission
New Horizons
OSO-5 & 8
Orbiting Solar Observatory
Pioneer Venus
Polar
PSP
Parker Solar Probe
QuikSCAT
Quick Scatterometer
SDO
Solar Dynamics Observatory
SISTINE
Suborbital Imaging Spectrograph for Transition region Irradiance from Nearby Exoplanet host stars
SME
Solar Mesosphere Explorer
SNIFS
Solar EruptioN Integral Field Spectrograph
SNOE
Student Nitric Oxide Explorer
SORCE
Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
SPARTAN Halley
Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy Halley
SPRITE
Supernova Remnants and Proxies for ReIonization Testbed Experiment
Strateole Program
SunCET
Sun Coronal Ejection Tracker
TCTE
Total Solar Irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment
THEMIS
Time History of Events of Macroscale Interactions During Substorms
TIMED
Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics
TSIS -1
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor 1
TSIS -2
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor 2
UARS
Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
Van Allen Probes
Voyager 1 & 2

Mission timeline

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