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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In Memoriam

SSL Mourns the Passing of Dr. Michael Logan Lampton (1941-2023) – Join us for a celebration of life 8/26/23

Michael Logan Lampton, University of California Berkeley scientist, astronaut, inventor, entrepreneur, and beloved husband and father, passed away surrounded by loved ones on June 9, 2023 in Oakland, CA at the age of 82 years old. He is survived by his wife, Susan Lea, and daughter Jennifer Lea (Nathan) Lampton.

Join us for a celebration of life August 26th, 2023 3pm.

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