Student-created satellite during long-range field testing

How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

Dec. 13, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved, thanks to a satellite built and operated by students.Read more »
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) instrument suite

CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space

Dec. 8, 2017

A solar instrument package designed to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Read more »
hot jupiter

Team set to study evaporating atmospheres of 'hot Jupiters'

Oct. 31, 2017

A CU Boulder team will build a tiny orbiting satellite to study the evaporating atmospheres of gigantic "hot Jupiters," gaseous planets orbiting scorchingly close to parent stars. Watch the video.Read more »
A young Hisako Koyama

New study highlights 'hidden figure' of sun-watchers

Oct. 25, 2017

Few have heard of Hisako Koyama, but her work places her among the top solar observers of the past four centuries, alongside names like Galileo, according to new research.Read more »
Illustration of two neutron stars just before colliding

When stars collide: CU Boulder professor explains this week's dense discovery

Oct. 17, 2017

The announcement yesterday that international scientists had discovered the first-ever evidence of the collision of two neutron stars rocked well beyond the science world. Watch the video.Read more »
MAVEN martian aurora

MAVEN observes large solar storm that sparked global aurora on Mars

Sept. 29, 2017

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions, including the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft.Read more »
Rendering of Cassini diving into Saturn's rings

CU Boulder scientists ready for Cassini mission grand finale

Sept. 13, 2017

After a highly successful mission, the Cassini spacecraft will give up Saturn's last secrets to CU Boulder scientists before disintegrating in the planet's dense atmosphere Sept. 15.Read more »
Luis Zea and Louis Stodieck at BioServe Space Technologies

Why bacteria 'shapeshift' in space

Sept. 12, 2017

Bacteria cells treated with a common antibiotic on the International Space Station respond by shapeshifting, likely to improve their survival chances.Read more »
Voyager spacecraft

The Voyager spacecraft: 40 years in space, surreal solar system discoveries

Aug. 31, 2017

In 1977, NASA launched two space probes destined to upend our view of the solar system. Decades later, the discoveries continue to dazzle. Read more, listen to the podcast, watch the video.Read more »
Participants of INSPIRE conference

Building education satellites: CU Boulder leads international team

Aug. 22, 2017

CU Boulder has joined forces with universities and space agencies from around the world in an international effort to design and build small satellites as a way to train future scientists and engineers.Read more »

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