Round-SSL-Logo-YellowThe Space Sciences Laboratory

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) is the University of California system’s premier space sciences research facility and one of the preeminent university laboratories in the country for space research.​​


Integrity, teamwork, excellence, inclusion, curiosity.


Our primary goal is to foster outstanding research in space-related sciences and provide education for the next generation of space scientists.


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LEAD principal investigators

On NASA Explorer Missions

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Satellite Projects

including Apollo 15 & 16, SkyLab, Hubble, COBE, IMAGE, RHESSI, NuSTAR, ICON and PSP

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Latest News

two different images of a spiral galaxy, one is much brighter

Berkeley News: UC Berkeley will manage $300 million NASA mission to map the UV universe

An orbiting space telescope approved by NASA last month and scheduled for launch in 2030 will conduct the first all-sky survey of ultraviolet (UV) sources in the cosmos, providing valuable information on how galaxies and stars evolve, both today and in the distant past.

The $300 million satellite mission, called UVEX (UltraViolet EXplorer), will be managed by the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Bliss Project: Small solar sails could be the next ‘giant leap’ for interplanetary space exploration

Small solar sails could be the next ‘giant leap’ for interplanetary space exploration. The BLISS project brings together researchers from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and the Space Sciences Laboratory.

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