WHAT WE MAKE
We can manufacture parts, instruments, payloads, and satellites to withstand the rigors of spaceflight, and our facilities are used by many researchers who have special needs for their experiments.
WHAT WE DO
SSL projects tackle fundamental problems in atmospheric science, space physics, heliophysics, planetary science and astronomy. We invent, build, and operate our satellites from our laboratory in the Berkeley hills.
WHO WE ARE
SSL has scientists, engineers, and craftspeople with a wide range of skills to create new instrumentation and novel technologies for research projects. We welcome partnerships on projects requiring unique capabilities found only at SSL.
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,
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On March 30, 2019, Parker Solar Probe begins the second solar encounter phase of its mission, culminating in its closest approach to the Sun, called perihelion, on April 4. During this solar encounter phase, which lasts until April 10, the spacecraft’s four suites of science instruments are fully operational and storing science data collected from
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Our March 27 #MAVEN outreach webinar with Dr. Gina DiBraccio from NASA Goddard Dr. DiBraccio describes how the #Martian magnetic environment differs from that of other planets, and how processes in its magnetotail may contribute to atmospheric escape to space. Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab
A trove of rare moon rocks, preserved untouched for nearly half a century, will be unsealed by Bay Area scientists this summer and used for experiments that NASA hopes will solve lingering mysteries about the lunar surface and pave the way for future habitation of Earth’s natural satellite. Nine research teams, including two at NASA
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The Parker Solar Probe team has been named the winner of the 2018 Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award, given by the American Astronautical Society at its 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland. Launched on August 12, 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission is the culmination of a 60-year quest to
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The MAVEN spacecraft aerobraking campaign continues to follow a schedule that will meet the goal of reaching an apoapsis altitude of 4,500 km by the end of April. New MAVEN research shows that high solar wind pressure influences Mars’ magnetic fields in ways that can increase the global loss of atmosphere to space. Planetary atmospheres are
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The Van Allen Probes spend most of their orbit within Earth’s radiation belts: doughnut-shaped bands of energized particles — protons and electrons — trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. These fast-moving particles create radiation that can interfere with satellite electronics and could even pose a threat to astronauts who pass through them on interplanetary journeys. The
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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
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The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be the newest addition to NASA’s fleet of Heliophysics satellites. Led by UC Berkeley, scientists and engineers around the world are coming together to make ICON a reality.
Parker Solar Probe
Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the sun. Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
The balloon-borne Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) instrument will provide a near-optimal combination of high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry of solar-flare gamma-ray/hard X-ray emissions
THEMIS answers longstanding fundamental questions concerning the nature of the substorm instabilities that abruptly and explosively release solar wind energy stored within the Earth’s magnetotail.