LPL History

See also material available from the LPL Library and the Space Imagery Center.

History of Science

History of Science

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

Under Desert Skies

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. 

Desert Moon

Desert Moon

Desert Moon is a documentary about some of the ways that southern Arizona was involved with the early days of the lunar exploration program in the 1960s.

No Longer Points of Light

No Longer Points of Light

No Longer Points of Light compiles excerpts from more than fifty interviews, describing LPL’s remarkable journey from a small research organization to a leader in planetary science.

LPL 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

During the 50th anniversary year, LPL held a series of events, including special public events, lectures by some of the alumni, and an anniversary weekend for those who have passed through LPL.

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory: Its Founding and Early Years

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory: Its Founding and Early Years

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.