Graphic of the Janus spacecraft mapping a binary asteroid

Double take: Satellites to get an eye on asteroid pairs

June 21, 2019

In just three years, a new space mission led by CU Boulder could examine some of the solar system’s most dynamic duos: binary asteroids. NASA announced this week that the Janus: Reconnaissance Missions to Binary Asteroids mission had been selected as a finalist in the space agency’s new small satellite...


Podcast: Orbiting the tiny asteroid Bennu with OSIRIS-REx

Feb. 18, 2019

The Space Shot podcast interviews Distinguished Professor Dan Scheeres about the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Scheeres is leading radio science on the mission. OSIRIS-REx launched in September 2016 and has traveled more than one billion miles since, looping around the sun and now in orbit around Bennu. Listen on...

Dan Scheeres

Meet our Faculty - Dan Scheeres

Dec. 12, 2018

Daniel Scheeres is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the A. Richard Seebass Chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research spans astrodynamics and spacecraft navigation to planetary science and celestial mechanics. A primary focus of Scheeres’ work is studying mechanics of...


Taking the measure of an asteroid

Dec. 3, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at the asteroid Bennu, coming to within 4.5 miles of the space rock. This close approach, followed by a flyby Dec. 4, up is the first in a series of planned...

A rendering of a space probe approaching an asteroid.

The Wild Lives of Asteroids

March 13, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 1–3 p.m. Daniel Scheeres, Distinguished Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Asteroids frequently pass close to or impact the Earth, very occasionally with devastating consequences for life. The last few decades of space exploration and scientific research have turned our understanding of asteroids completely inside out,...

Dan Scheeres giving a presentation.

Groundbreaking space missions, student success focus of CU Boulder Aerospace Summit

March 10, 2017

Alumni, industry execs and other space buffs celebrated the state’s growing prominence in aerospace—from probing the Bennu asteroid to an array of industry partnerships—at the second annual CU Boulder Aerospace Summit earlier this week. The summit, held at the History Colorado Center in Denver, featured an inside look at some...

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Scheeres elected to National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 8, 2017

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Distinguished Professor Daniel J. Scheeres, an aerospace engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder, to its 2017 class. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, and Scheeres joins seven other current College of Engineering and...