Sights, Sounds, and Science from LPL

Dr. K at UofA

Associate Professor of Practice Dr. Steve Kortenkamp is co-investigator for the University of Arizona's Project POEM, a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to introduce visually impaired middle and high school students to career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math.


Astrobiology is a vibrant field that focuses on the study of the origins, distribution and evolution of life in the universe.

Catalina Sky Survey

The mission of the Catalina Sky Survey is to contribute to the inventory of near-earth objects (NEOs), or more specifically, the potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) that pose an impact risk to Earth and its inhabitants.

LPL and the Moon

One of the primary goals of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory when it was founded by Gerard Kuiper in 1960 was to produce the first photographic atlas of the Moon. When President John F. Kennedy declared in 1961 that the national priority was to send a human to the Moon safely by the end of the decade, that mapping became a key part of what would eventually become the Apollo project, and researchers and students from LPL and the University of Arizona played key roles.


OSIRIS-REx seeks answers to the questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Asteroids, the leftover debris from the solar system formation process, can answer these questions and teach us about the history of the sun and planets.

The Solar System and Beyond

Planetary science includes the study of the eight planets in our Solar System, but the intellectual boundaries of of the field extend far beyond. Fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of other solar systems and the existence of extraterrestrial life require broad perspectives, from the subatomic world of fundamental particles to the macroscopic world of galaxies.