Current Mission Involvement


CAESAR (Comet Astrobiology Exploration SAmple Return) mission
CAESAR will acquire a sample from the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and return it to Earth.


Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment CUTE
CUTE is a NASA-funded project to design, build, integrate, test, and operate a 6-unit CubeSat (30 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm).

Europa Clipper

Europa Clipper will perform repeated flybys of Jupiter’s moon and use a suite of instruments to investigate whether habitable environments could exist.
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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

The 2016 ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is the first in a series of Mars missions to be undertaken jointly by the two space agencies, ESA and Roscosmos.
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The HiRISE operations center, which includes not only observation planning, but the execution of commands sent to the spacecraft along with actual image processing, is located within LPL at the University of Arizona.


IMAP is planned for launch in 2024; it will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.


The goal of the Juno spacecraft, which successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 4, 2016, is to reveal the story of Jupiter's formation and evolution.
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KPLO , developed and managed by the Korea Aerospace Reasearch Institute is scheduled to launch in 2019 to orbit the Moon for one year carrying an array of South Korean experiments and one U.S. built instrument.


The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon in an eccentric polar mapping orbit
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Mars 2020

The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars.
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The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. MMX will visit the two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, land on the surface of Phobos, and collect a surface sample.
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Mars Odyssey

Mars Odyssey is a robotic spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars. Its mission is to use spectrometers and a thermal imager to detect evidence of past or present water and ice, as well as study the planet's geology and radiation environment.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has studied the Red Planet's atmosphere and terrain from orbit since 2006 and also serves as a key data relay station for other Mars missions, including the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
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With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program , a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability."
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Mission goals for MAVEN include determining how the planet's atmosphere and water, presumed to have once been substantial, were lost over time.


NEOWISE is a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope with the mission to identify and characterize the population of near-Earth objects. NEOWISE is also characterizing more distant populations of asteroids and comets to provide information about their sizes and compositions.


LPL is home to the OSIRIS-REx mission. OSIRIS-Rex arrived at asteroid Bennu in 2018; it has begun to survey and map Bennu, navigating in close proximity to the asteroid, and will ultimately touch the surface for five seconds to gather a sample of the asteroid.

Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the Sun.
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Psyche mission spacecraft and solar panels
The Psyche mission, launching in 2022, is a journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. What makes the asteroid Psyche unique is that it appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet, one of the building blocks of our solar system.
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SPARCS: Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat
The Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat (SPARCS) is a small space telescope about the size and shape of a family-size Cheerios box.