In 1960, Gerard P. Kuiper founded the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in a tiny corner of the top floor of the Atmospheric Sciences Building. In 1965, with NASA funds, Kuiper began constructing the Planetary Sciences Building that now bears his name.
This collection from the University Libraries features landmark volumes and manuscript collections in the fields of optics, astronomy, and physics, and includes papers from LPL pioneers in planetary science.
Under Desert Skies tells the story of how a small corner of Arizona became Earth's ambassador to space. From early efforts to reach the Moon to the first glimpses of Mars's bleak horizons and Titan's swirling atmosphere to the latest ambitious plans to touch an asteroid, LPL's history encompasses humanity's unfolding knowledge about our place in the universe.
In 1985, to celebrate the Centennial Year of the University of Arizona and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Associate Research Scientist Ewen Whitaker wrote the definitive history of LPL from the perspective of someone who was there at the beginning.