Image of Mars' climate today (left) and an artist's depiction of how the planet may have looked billions of years ago (right).

Mars’ brilliant aurora sheds light on changing climate

Dec. 12, 2019

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is much more common than scientists originally thought.

The loss of Antarctic ice as seen in Landsat images.

Ice in motion: Satellites capture changes to polar regions

Dec. 10, 2019

CU Boulder graduate student Devon Dunmire is searching for the lakes hidden beneath Antarctica's surface—features that, she said, could have huge influences on the future of polar ice sheets.

MAVEN spacecraft

MAVEN ushers in new era by tapping the brakes

Feb. 11, 2019

NASA's atmosphere-sniffing spacecraft will begin a series of maneuvers to tighten its orbit around the Red Planet and prepare for the arrival of the 2020 Mars rover.

MAVEN illustration

MAVEN selfie marks four years in orbit at Mars

Sept. 21, 2018

Scientists on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission have stitched together a selfie of the spacecraft from 21 different ultraviolet images.

Mars daybreak

Mars terraforming not possible using present-day technology

July 30, 2018

Researchers throw cold water on a staple question of science fiction: Can humans transform Mars into a more Earth-like planet?

Mars aurora

Stolen electrons key to unusual Mars aurora

July 23, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered a new type of Martian aurora caused by protons plunging into the Red Planet's atmosphere.

SES satellite

GOLD space weather instrument launches

Jan. 25, 2018

NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument, built by CU Boulder, will study space weather in the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Mars surface

Dust storms linked to gas escape from Martian atmosphere

Jan. 22, 2018

Rising air during global dust storms on Mars hoists water vapor high in the the planet's atmosphere, new research shows.