NASA AA Thomas Zurbuchen visits SSL


On February 15, 2022, the SSL community enjoyed a visit from the NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, who spent the afternoon at SSL as part of a trip to UC Berkeley and NASA Ames.  Following a luncheon on campus, SSL Director Steve Beckwith brought Thomas up to the lab, where he […]

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs


We have more than a dozen open positions to work at UC system’s premier space sciences research facility  Academic Positions: Assistant Research Physicist- Solar and Heliospheric Physics- Space Sciences Laboratory Postdoctoral Associate- Space Sciences Laboratory- UC Berkeley Staff Positions: Electronic Parts Engineer (7119U) – #21470 Aerospace Engineer 3 (0546U) – #20616 Aerospace Engineer 4 (0346U) […]

Working at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab ?

Here’s a one-minute video highlighting people, projects and types of work that happen at UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab. Enjoy and share!   This video was made with the help of the following people: Idea: Will R Script: Karin H Voiceover: Anna B Producer: Robert L Drone footage: Juan Carlos O Satellite Dish footage: Karin […]

UC Berkeley supports #ShutDownSTEM and Black Lives Matter

Paul Alivisatos, executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to deans on Tuesday (6/9): As we briefly discussed earlier today in Council of Deans, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 is a national day of action as indicated on social media: #Strike4BlackLives, #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia. This is an opportunity for us, as campus leaders, to carefully […]

Space Sciences and Falcons

What do nesting falcons, Annie and Grinnell, and Space Sciences have to do with each other?   Dr. John Vallerga, an astrophysicist at SSL, worked with artist Liliane Lijn on the Solar Beacons project that was installed on top of the Campanile in 2013. The installation used sand bags to help hold Solar Beacons in place. […]

Reminder – Novato Space Festival 2019 – August 4th

REMINDER     REMINDER     REMINDER     REMINDER Sunday August 4th – The Novato Space Festival Free Admission and Free Parking Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing on the Moon, Astronauts – Exhibits – Gift Shop – Static Displays – Exhibitors including UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab

2019 Novato Space Festival

Mark your calendars for the Annual Novato Space Festival, Sunday August 4th 2019, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Meet legendary Astronauts from Apollo 15 and 16 missions to the moon, Space Shuttle Missions and the International Space Station Programs. There are two Storefronts with Actual Mission Equipment and Gear as well as a store […]

New App Prepares Citizen Scientists for 2019 Solar Eclipse in South America

On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the southern Pacific region, crossing land in both Chile and Argentina. The Eclipse Camera 2019 app developed by the Space Science Laboratory and Ideum will incorporate the Chilean and Argentinean public into a unique citizen-science project. The data collected by the public, during […]

A New Year, A New Look

We were very proud to launch the Space Sciences Lab’s new and improved website. There are new sections highlighting what we make, what we do, and who we are. Our research and project pages are now organized by field of study.  We have added alot of new information about our engineering capabilities, mission operations center, […]


We’re all about space! Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 13th, from 11am-5pm, the one day each year that the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 20 minutes or so from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to Space Sciences Lab (the […]