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Scientists Find Signal From The First Stars In The Universe In A Monumental Moment For Astronomy

Feb. 28, 2018

From IFL Science: In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists say they have found a signal from some of the earliest stars in the universe, giving us an unparalleled glimpse into the dawn of the cosmos. The signals originate from hydrogen gas from just 180 million years after the Big Bang, itself...

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13.6 Billion Years Later, Astronomers have Found Clues to our Earliest Stars

Feb. 28, 2018

From The Verge: The first observation of the earliest stars in the Universe suggests they were forming about 180 million years after the Big Bang. The radio signal used to make this observation, though indirect, backs up some theoretical models about the evolution of the early Universe. In the beginning,...

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A surprising chill before the cosmic dawn

Feb. 28, 2018

From Nature: The first stars to form generated copious fluxes of ultraviolet radiation that suffused the early Universe — a phenomenon referred to as the cosmic dawn. Many calculations have been performed to estimate when this occurred, but no data-driven constraints on the timing have been available. In a paper...

Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe
Signal Detected from Cosmic Dawn

Feb. 28, 2018

From the BBC: Scientists say they have observed a signature on the sky from the very first stars to shine in the Universe. They did it with the aid of a small radio telescope in the Australian outback that was tuned to detect the earliest ever evidence for hydrogen. This...

Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe
Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe

Feb. 28, 2018

From CU Boulder Today: For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a refrigerator, the researchers discovered that ancient suns were active within 180 million years of the Big Bang. The astronomers, from Arizona...

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Let the Falcon Heavy Fly

Feb. 5, 2018

From Popular Mechanics: The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Commercial Space Transportation License on Friday, February 2. It reads: Space Exploration Technologies is authorized to conduct: (i) A flight of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) transporting the modified Tesla Roadster (mass...

Seniors Benjamin Mellinkoff, left, and Matthew Spydell are getting their robot arm to work in their lab at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus on Wednesday.
Next space pioneers - Lunar robots in the works by CU Boulder undergrads

Jan. 31, 2018

From the Daily Camera: University of Colorado Professor Jack Burns leads a laboratory on campus that he describes as a mash-up between Silicon Valley and the space program with the help of two undergraduate students he deemed "the next space pioneers." Seniors Benjamin Mellinkoff and Matthew Spydell were hunkered down...

An artist's rendition of NASA's Orion spacecraft as well as its proposed Deep Space Gateway, a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that could support surface operations on the moon. Credit: NASA
Shooting for the Moon-This Time to Stay

Jan. 31, 2018

From Scientific American: MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.—Earth’s nearest neighbor, the moon, is far from being a “been there, done that” world in space science and exploration. That’s the message from scientists and engineers at NASA’s Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop, recently held here at the space agency’s Ames Research Center...

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Students in Focus: How to control lunar robots from space

Jan. 30, 2018

From CU Boulder Today: Humans have already been to the moon—and will likely return—but engineering undergraduates Benjamin Mellinkoff and Matthew Spydell have their eyes set on an even bigger challenge: helping humans explore the entire solar system with the aid of robotic partners. Mellinkoff and Spydell work in a NASA-funded...

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Bang Nhan, CU Boulder, receives Chambliss Prize Honorable Mention

Jan. 17, 2018

Bang Nhan, a Ph.D. candidate at CU Boulder was one of 6 students to receive the American Astronomical Society’s Honorable Mention Chambliss Prize. He received this acknowledgement based upon the quality of his dissertation research. Bang’s poster presented new results on the detection of the foreground polarization signal using the...