MAVEN spacecraft

MAVEN ushers in new era by tapping the brakes

Feb. 11, 2019

NASA's atmosphere-sniffing spacecraft will begin a series of maneuvers to tighten its orbit around the Red Planet and prepare for the arrival of the 2020 Mars rover.

Mice galaxies

‘Missing’ galactic mergers come to light with new technique

Jan. 8, 2019

Galaxy mergers aren’t always easy for astronomers to spot. Now, scientists from CU Boulder have developed a new technique for finding these cosmic couplings.

Ultima Thule

New Horizons goes beyond the known world

Jan. 7, 2019

Scientists from CU Boulder are part of a team exploring an icy minor planet called Ultima Thule—the farthest object that any spacecraft has ever visited.

A visualization of a quark gluon plasma

Researchers create tiny droplets of early universe matter

Dec. 10, 2018

Scientists have generated an ultra-hot state of matter called a quark gluon plasma in three shapes and sizes: circles, ellipses and triangles.

International Space Station

Health experiments launch for space station

Dec. 6, 2018

Four experiments supported by BioServe Space Technologies blasted off en route to the International Space Station this week.


Taking the measure of an asteroid

Dec. 3, 2018

CU Boulder researchers are playing an important role in a NASA mission to grab a piece of an asteroid and return it to Earth.

MinXSS-2 CubeSat

Small satellites tackle big scientific questions

Nov. 15, 2018

Two CubeSats designed by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) will launch later this month to investigate the physics of the sun and its impact on life on Earth.

Solar flare

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Nov. 12, 2018

Researchers have uncovered the chain of events that caused more than two dozen sea mines to suddenly—and without explanation—explode in the water off the coast of North Vietnam.

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.