For 75 years, CU Boulder has been a leader in space exploration and innovation. We travel to space to monitor sea level rise, melting ice, weather patterns and more. Our researchers explore how to track and remove dangerous debris in space. We research the health of humans in space to inform medical applications for people on Earth. Learn more about the latest in space research and science at CU Boulder.

Florence Tan of NASA, Xu Wang of LASP, Kenneth Liang of Colorado School of Mines, and Carolyn Mercer of NASA

Front Range team wins NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge with innovative idea for lunar service station

April 5, 2024

A team of researchers from LASP and the Colorado School of Mines has developed an innovative, award-winning idea for a lunar service station, where lunar rovers and mining machines could charge their batteries and clean the dust off their surfaces.

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Tips for viewing the solar eclipse safely

April 1, 2024

On April 8, parts of the United States will witness a total solar eclipse. Solar scientist Jimmy Negus gives his take on why this will be a can’t-miss event and how to enjoy an eclipse without damaging your eyes.

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Eclipse ‘magic’: Students traveling to Texas for astronomical event

March 27, 2024

On April 8, a total eclipse will pass over parts of Texas, the last chance to see such an event from the United States until 2044. A team from CU Boulder and the National Solar Observatory, including five students, will be among the crowds of people traveling to the Lone Star State to experience this occurrence.

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CU Boulder developing space wargames simulation facility

March 25, 2024

Aerospace engineering researchers are working to keep America’s armed forces safe in space with a new research grant, which will allow for scientific investigations on human-machine interaction and more.

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As Voyager 1’s mission draws to a close, one planetary scientist reflects on its legacy

March 18, 2024

Planetary scientist Fran Bagenal first encountered NASA’s Voyager spacecraft during a student job in the late 1970s. Get her take on following these spacecraft for nearly 50 years, as they traveled to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune—and beyond the bounds of Earth’s solar system.

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Pollution to production: Student startup transforms CO2 into aerospace hardware

March 8, 2024

Spencer Dansereau, a doctoral student in aerospace at CU Boulder, is building a business that could turn air pollution into a useable product.

Woman sits strapped into heavy-duty chair wearing a virtual reality headset

With space travel comes motion sickness. These engineers want to help

Feb. 29, 2024

In amusement park-like experiments on campus, aerospace engineers at CU Boulder are spinning, shaking and rocking people to study the disorientation and nausea that come from traveling from Earth to space and back again.

a solar flare

The most outstanding solar-flare eruptions are not always the most influential

Feb. 20, 2024

A recent CU Boulder study suggests confined flares are more efficient at heating plasma and producing ionizing radiation than comparable eruptive flares.

Alex Meyer

Asteroid named for CU Boulder aerospace grad student

Feb. 15, 2024

Alex Meyer is an astrodynamics expert, engineer, doctoral student and now part of the night sky. The International Astronomical Union has officially named an asteroid after him.

Black hole in deep space

How black holes switched from creating to quenching stars

Feb. 9, 2024

Mitchell Begelman and a team of other astronomers, including Joe Silk, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, suggesting that new theories of galactic creation are needed to explain the existence of these huge black holes.