University of Iowa Space Pioneers: 54 Years of Exploration

The University of Iowa is considered a pioneer of space research and has received international recognition for the development of spaceflight instruments flown on more than 63 successful missions. Space research began at the University of Iowa with investigations of Earth’s upper atmosphere and the discovery of Earth’s radiation belts in 1958 using measurements from University of Iowa Professor James Van Allen’s instrument on the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer 1. Van Allen is now considered the “father of space research.”

The University of Iowa's leadership role continues today with instruments on 11 operating spacecraft and teams developing instruments for future Earth-orbiting and planetary missions. Included in NASA | ART are spaceflight instruments designed and built at the University of Iowa in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

This exhibition will be on view at the Figge July 14-October 7, 2012.