An engineer ground tests Europa Clipper’s dust analyzer.

Boosting NASA's flagship mission to Europa

The Europa SUrface Dust Analyzer, developed at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, will investigate Jupiter’s icy moon

An active region on the sun emits a solar flare

Solving solar mysteries with students

How 1,000 CU Boulder undergraduate students helped answer one of the most enduring questions about the sun

A simulation snapshot revealing high-speed jets of plasma forming in Earth’s magnetosphere. Image: NASA.

Solar and space scientists to guide Heliophysics into the future

Six CU Boulder scientists have been selected to contribute their expertise on committees and panels of the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033

Space sensor graphic

Quantum sensors in space

CU Boulder engineers and physicists are working with NASA as part of a multi-university institute seeking to advance quantum sensing technology for next-generation Earth science applications

Drone above fields, buildings

The future of autonomous airborne drones

Smead Aerospace will house a new NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) on autonomous air mobility and sensing

An artist’s rendition of NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission

Students operate $214M NASA spacecraft: ‘It’s like what you see in the movies’

Over the next two years, CU Boulder undergraduates working as flight controllers at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) will help manage the day-to-day mission operations of NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft.

HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science (HySICS)

75 years of innovation in space research

CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics continues to build a legacy of expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge

Students in spacesuits

New minor brings space expertise to the masses

As the top public university for NASA research funding, CU Boulder is famous for aerospace.

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn orbit insertion. (NASA)

Cassini's swan song

It was a bittersweet ending for some CU Boulder scientists and students. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made one last dive toward Saturn, breaking up like a meteor in its crushing atmosphere in September.

Closeup of a comet

Why some comets break up, then make up

“Some comets are like couples—they break up, but then they get back together down the road,” says Distinguished Professor Daniel Scheeres of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.