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...

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Put Telescopes on the Far Side of the Moon

Jan. 3, 2018

From Nature: Plans to return to the Moon are getting serious. Last month, US President Donald Trump declared that the next time US astronauts blast off, they will be headed to our rocky satellite. In September, the European Space Agency made its strongest call yet for the installation of a...

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China’s Moon Mission to Boldly Go a Step Further

Dec. 31, 2017

From The Guardian: This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. China is rocketing ahead with...

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Is the James Webb Space Telescope "Too Big to Fail?"

Dec. 29, 2017

From Scientific American: Any way you slice it, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the boldest, highest-stakes gambles in the space agency’s storied history. Just building and testing the observatory has proved to be a dauntingly complex technological enterprise, pushing the observatory’s astronomical price tag to nearly...

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How Do We Rule The Universe?

Dec. 21, 2017

From BBC The Inquiry: Governing moon miners, asteroid hunters and space junk sounds pretty tricky, but we better get our act together. This year the majority of space launches included commercial enterprises. Space is no longer just the playground of governments but companies; companies that want to mine the moon...

In this artist’s rendering of a concept for a Deep Space Gateway near the moon, an Orion spacecraft approaches from right.
Strategizing About Mars

May 19, 2017

From American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Little consensus exists among scientists and policymakers about the best strategy for getting humans into orbit around Mars and someday to the surface. The Trump administration and a re-established U.S. National Space Council are expected to take yet another look at a possible...

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Here Is the Trump Transition Team's Big Plan for NASA

April 27, 2017

From Popular Mechanics: They met with astrophysicist Jack Burns, a member of President Trump's NASA transition team, to learn alittle about what we can expect from the agency moving forward. If you feel like NASA's been in limbo lately, you're not alone. "NASA has been kind of stuck for much...

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CU & NASA to Build Observatories on the Moon

April 24, 2017

From 9News: Jessica Oh from 9News interviews Dr. Jack Burns and Keith Tauscher who are part of the team at the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA who are researching building observatories on the Moon. Watch the video...