AIM is a NASA satellite mission to study how polar mesospheric clouds form and why they vary. It was launched in 2007 and is still operational. LASP operates the mission and built two of the three instruments: the Cosmic Dust Experiment and the Cloud Imaging and Particle Size instrument.
A NASA/ESA mission to Saturn that was launched in 1997 and is still operating. LASP built the UVIS instrument to study Saturn UV emissions from its atmospheres, rings, and moons. The anticipated end date for Cassini is September 2017, when it will descend into Saturn.
The groundbreaking Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder mission is scheduled to deploy on the ISS by 2020. The mission will substantially improve the accuracy of Earth radiation measurements that will advance our ability to detect climate change and identify its causes. LASP was selected to build CLARREO’s Reflected Solar (RS) instrument, which will measure solar radiation reflected from Earth in wavelength bands covering most of the solar spectrum.
The Deep Space Climate Observatory is a NOAA-led mission joint with NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Launched February 11, 2015, DSCOVR is giving NOAA space weather forecasters more reliable information on potentially harmful solar activity.
Approximately 25 CIRES scientists who are part of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder have been instrumental in working with their NOAA colleagues to put the data to good use daily in order to improve space weather forecasts (operations) and over the long-run (research).
A mission to study dynamic changes in the atmosphere of Mars over days and seasons, led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
CU Boulder's LASP is the leading U.S. scientific-academic partner. The project is being designed to observe weather phenomena like Martian clouds and dust storms as well as changes in temperature, water vapor and other gases throughout the layers of the atmosphere.
LASP was selected by NASA to build one of the nine science instruments for its flagship mission to Europa. The Surface Dust Analyzer (SUDA) instrument is in development and will analyze icy dust particles to investigate the habitability of Europa. The instrument will be built and operated by LASP. The mission is scheduled to launch in the early 2020s.
A NOAA operational weather satellite program. LASP has built four copies of the EXIS instrument to provide measurements of the solar EUV irradiance for the GOES-R series of satellites. CIRES researchers have also developed the algorithms and other products necessary to support the use of GOES-R for describing space weather. The first GOES-R satellite will be launched on November 19, 2016 and operations for the four satellites is expected through 2034.
A NASA mission to Mars to explore its upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the sun and solar wind. MAVEN launched in 2013 and entered Mars’ orbit on Sept. 21, 2014. The MAVEN mission PI is Professor Bruce Jakosky, and LASP provided two instruments and science operations. Lockheed Martin provided the spacecraft bus and mission operations.
A NASA mission to Mercury that was launched in 2004 and arrived to Mercury in 2011. LASP built the MASCS instrument to study Mercury’s atmospheric and surface composition. The spacecraft impacted the surface of Mercury, as planned, on April 30, 2015.
New Horizons is a NASA mission which conducted a successful flyby of Pluto in 2015. LASP provided the SDC student instrument to study the dust in the heliosphere during the transient to Pluto and also the dust environment near Pluto.
A NASA mission to GEO that was launched in 2010 and is observing the Sun continuously (24/7 with 10-sec cadence) to understand better the causes of solar variability and its space weather impacts on Earth. LASP provided the EVE instrument to observed the solar EUV irradiance and the spectral variability of solar flares.
A NASA mission to monitor the solar irradiance variability and its influence on climate change. LASP leads this PI-mode mission and provides mission operations, science operations, and built the five instruments aboard SORCE. The SORCE spacecraft was built by Orbital. SORCE launched in 2003 and is still operational.
A NOAA/NASA climate instrument suite to measure the solar irradiance and its influence on climate change. This is a follow-on mission to SORCE to continue the solar climate records. TSIS-1 is expected to be launched to ISS in 2017, and TSIS-2 mission development began in 2015.
A NASA mission launched in 2012 to understand the sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the Earth’s radiation belts on various scales of space and time. LASP’s relativistic electron proton telescope and scientists are a part of the mission.
A NASA New Frontier mission to an asteroid that launched in September 2016 and will acquire and return samples in 2022 that will help explain our solar system's formation and how life began. Professor Dan Scheeres (AES and CCAR) is a Co-Investigator on the mission and leads the Radio Science Team. Professor Jay McMahon (AES) is the lead Radio Science analyst.
A CU Boulder designed and built the Lunar Dust EXperiment instrument for NASA’s LADEE space mission. The spacecraft was launched in September 2013 and is currently orbiting the Moon, where it has completed its mission to collect data on the lunar atmosphere and dust environment. LADEE impacted the lunar surface, as planned, on April 17, 2014.