Geologist Carolyn Crow investigating moon rocks at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A once-in-a-lifetime look at Apollo moon rocks

July 10, 2019

More than 50 years after humans first set foot on the moon, one CU Boulder researcher will gain access to a cache of never-before-studied lunar rocks.

Torin Clark riding an artificial gravity simulator.

Artificial gravity—without the motion sickness

July 2, 2019

Artificial gravity has long been the stuff of science fiction. Picture the wheel-shaped ships from films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian, imaginary craft that generate their own gravity by spinning around in space. Now, a team from CU Boulder is working to make those out-there technologies a reality.

A simulation of the level of detail that L-CIRiS's infrared camera will reveal of the moon's surface.

An infrared close up of the moon

July 1, 2019

NASA announced that it will send a new infrared camera to the moon to collect unprecedented temperature data on the boulders and shadows at the surface.

CU students in the "Medicine in Space and Surface Environments" class perform CPR on a "fallen" crewmate in the Habitat at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah.

How to save a life—on Mars

June 26, 2019

This May, in a remote part of southern Utah, 21 CU Boulder aerospace engineering students, a mix of graduate students and undergrads, became Martians.

NASA rendering of a Janus satellite rendezvousing with a binary asteroid.

Double take: Satellites to get an eye on asteroid pairs

June 21, 2019

A new space mission may soon examine some of the solar system’s most dynamic duos: binary asteroids.

(Credit NASA)

Meteors help Martian clouds form

June 17, 2019

Researchers think they’ve solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds.

Sunspots appear on the surface of Earth's sun.

The sun may have a dual personality, simulations suggest

June 11, 2019

A deep dive into the sun's interior provides new clues to the forces that govern that star's internal clock.

An artist's depiction of a superflare on an alien star.

Rare ‘superflares’ could one day threaten Earth

June 10, 2019

New research shows that the sun could experience a massive burst of energy called a superflare sometime in the next several thousand years.

Hurricane

Constellation of weather satellites to cover the globe

May 3, 2019

Want more accurate weather forecasts? You’re in luck: Last month, the first in a planned fleet of satellites launched that will one day record weather data at every point on the globe every 15 minutes.

MAVEN in orbit around Mars

MAVEN sets its sights beyond Mars

April 29, 2019

As NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft enters into a new orbit, researchers reflect on the past and future of this landmark mission that has opened a new window into the evolution of the Red Planet.

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