Kepler Space Telescope

Engineers, students played key role in hunt for alien worlds

Nov. 12, 2018

Researchers reflect on the legacy of Kepler, a telescope that located thousands of planets beyond Earth's solar system.

Artist's concept of Kepler

NASA retires Kepler space telescope

Oct. 30, 2018

Kepler, which is operated by CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), discovered more than 2,600 planets during its nine years in space.

Comet Lovejoy

Astrophysicist exploring the outer solar system wins prestigious fellowship

Oct. 15, 2018

Ann-Marie Madigan has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow, an award that comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $875,000.

Artist's rendering of Cassini flying below Saturn's rings.

In its final days, Cassini bathed in 'ring rain'

Oct. 4, 2018

Scientists have successfully collected dust raining down from Saturn's rings onto the planet's upper atmosphere.

Illustration of NASA's planned Orion Spacecraft (right) docking at the Lunar Gateway (left).

Dark side of the moon holds clues to early universe

Sept. 25, 2018

CU Boulder researchers have proposed a new satellite that would orbit the moon to seek out signals from the cosmic "dark ages."

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.

GOLD first light image

GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth

Sept. 17, 2018

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission captured a "first light" image of the sun rising over the Western Hemisphere.

Parker Solar Probe illustration

Here comes the sun: New spacecraft to fly closer than ever before

Aug. 8, 2018

CU Boulder researchers and engineers have played a major role in designing the Parker Solar Probe, one of the "riskiest" NASA missions in decades.

Atom chip

Nobel Prize-winning atomic research debuts in space

Aug. 3, 2018

Research pioneered at JILA is now up and running on a NASA experiment to explore exotic states of matter on the International Space Station.

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?