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McMahon part of NASA's first-ever mission to redirect the path of an asteroid

Nov. 29, 2021

University of Colorado Boulder Associate Professor Jay McMahon is a participating scientist on NASA's DART, or Double Asteroid Redirect Test mission, which launched last week. Denver's 9News spoke with McMahon about the project, which aims to test asteroid deflection technology. DART will travel to and then intentionally crash into the...

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McMahon receives Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advisor Award

Aug. 23, 2021

Associate Professor Jay McMahon has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advisor Award. The honor, bestowed by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, recognizes faculty who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and who serve as role models to other advisors. Honorees are selected based on the scores and comments...

Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system.

Building planetary defenses for killer asteroids

April 19, 2021

Jay McMahon is joining a groundbreaking NASA mission to test asteroid deflection technology. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has been named a participating scientist in the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). DART is the first...

Artist's depiction of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Scientists peer inside an asteroid

Oct. 9, 2020

New findings from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission suggest that the interior of the asteroid Bennu could be weaker and less dense than its outer layers—like a crème-filled chocolate egg flying though space. The results appear in a study published today in the journal Science Advances and led by the University of...

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Seminar: Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control for Small Body Exploration (and beyond!) - Sept. 25

Sept. 19, 2020

Jay McMahon Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Sep. 25 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar - Registration Required Abstract: Small bodies in the solar system - both asteroids and comets - have complex dynamical environments that create unique challenges to operating spacecraft in close proximity. Future missions will desire to...

OSIRIS-REx observed small bits of material leaping off the surface of the asteroid Bennu on Jan. 19, 2019. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin)

How small particles could reshape Bennu and other asteroids

Sept. 9, 2020

In January 2019, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was orbiting the asteroid Bennu when the spacecraft’s cameras caught something unexpected: Thousands of tiny bits of material, some just the size of marbles, began to bounce off the surface of the asteroid—like a game of ping-pong in space. Since then, many more such...

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Taking the measure of an asteroid

Oct. 28, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder have gotten front-row seats to one of the closest encounters with an asteroid in history. On Dec. 4, 2018, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft zipped to within 4.5 miles of the asteroid Bennu. This space rock has an orbit that carries...

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McMahon developing systems for future Mars missions

April 24, 2019

Jay McMahon has earned a NASA early career fellowship to help ensure future missions to Mars can land safely. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has received a three year, $600,000 NASA Space Technology Research...

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Aviation Week honors two students as aerospace leaders

Jan. 30, 2019

University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students Ryan Blay and Mark Moretto have been announced as 2019 recipients of the Aviation Week Network “Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties" honors. The program, a collaboration of Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), recognizes students earning STEM...

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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...

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