An illustration depicts the OSIRIS-REx craft near the Bennu asteroid.

Coming to your solar system soon: A rendezvous with an asteroid

Sept. 1, 2016

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, set for launch Sept. 8 and which involves CU Boulder researchers, is designed to snag a sample from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid for study. The spacecraft will fly more than 1 billion miles in two years before reporting for duty at the asteroid known as Bennu.

Students wearing space suits

CU Boulder's newest minor - in space - has lift off

Aug. 30, 2016

Capitalizing on its reputation as a top public university in space research, CU Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for all undergraduate students. Students are invited to learn more at an event 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Fiske Planetarium. The event will feature astronaut Jim Voss - and pizza and drinks.

The Atlas V rocket takes off from a launch pad.

A space hero’s welcome

Aug. 26, 2016

Three of the four honorees being inducted into the inaugural Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame are CU alumni. The recognition is bestowed upon leaders who've "contributed most significantly to the evolution, success and development of Colorado’s space economy as one of the most important in the nation and world."

CU students posing with Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson

New partnership with Lockheed Martin forges research, career opportunities for students

Aug. 25, 2016

A new $3 million sponsorship by Lockheed Martin announced Thursday will establish academic programs focused on radio frequency (RF) systems. RF fields address commercial, civil and military needs for communications, radar and photonics. For students, the partnership means even more opportunities to get real-world experience in tracking, navigation and spacecraft control as well as next-generation global navigation technologies.

Solar flair

1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war

Aug. 9, 2016

A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the U.S. Air Force’s budding efforts to monitor the sun’s activity, a new study finds.

Jay McMahon

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an asteroid named after a CU Boulder prof

Aug. 1, 2016

Nearly 750,000 asteroids and comets have been discovered in the solar system, but most are known only by relatively bland numerical designations. This is not the case for the asteroid formerly known as 1998 OS14. The rocky binary asteroids orbiting the sun are now officially dubbed (46829) McMahon after CU Boulder Professor Jay McMahon.

SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Hardware developed by CU-Boulder launched by SpaceX rocket

July 18, 2016

High-tech space hardware designed and built at CU Boulder for biomedical experiments was successfully launched aboard the commercial SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) July 18.

CU Boulder faculty, students primed for Juno mission to Jupiter

June 30, 2016

Even though CU Boulder Professor Fran Bagenal has been a part of five NASA planetary missions, including the Galileo mission to Jupiter in 1995, this latest mission to Jupiter called “Juno” that she’s involved in has her nervous. That’s because this time the spacecraft, which enters orbit July 4, will be flying dangerously close to the big planet’s magnetic field.

Juno artist rendering with planet in background

CU-Boulder faculty, students primed for Juno arrival at Jupiter

June 23, 2016

A group of University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are anxiously awaiting the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter July 4, a mission expected to reveal the hidden interior of the gas giant as well as keys to how our solar system formed.

 Image of earth from space

Milky Way now hidden from one-third of humanity

June 10, 2016

The Milky Way, the brilliant river of stars that has dominated the night sky and human imaginations since time immemorial, is but a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans, according to a new global atlas of light pollution produced by Italian and American scientists.