Transformational research

What’s the origin of the solar wind, the Sun’s supersonic flow of charged particles that permeates our solar system? How do these particles interact with Earth’s magnetic field to generate electrical currents strong enough to sizzle our power grids? And how did the environment on Mars evolve from warm and humid to the cold, barren place it is today?

Since 1948, scientists at LASP have been posing pivotal questions in space science, then challenging themselves to unearth the answers. The discoveries we’ve made have transformed human understanding of the cosmos—and stimulated new questions, technologies, and approaches that continue to expand the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Learn more about LASP’s areas of scientific expertise below.

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