The past seven decades have taken the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) from the first exploratory rocket measurements of Earth’s upper atmosphere to amazing explorations of every planet in the solar system—and beyond. From humble beginnings as the Upper Air Laboratory through the transition to LASP in the early 1960s, the lab has performed state-of-the-art observations, backed up by cutting edge theory and superb data analysis. As we obtain a deeper understanding of our Sun and our home in space, we extend our gaze to planets around other suns.
Today, LASP builds upon a remarkable array of missions and instruments devised to push back the frontiers of knowledge while we constantly apply our present wisdom to the challenges ahead. As we look back and celebrate the 70th anniversary of LASP’s founding, we look forward to the decades to come.