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?

Heliosphere illustration

The outer limits: New satellite to probe solar system's edges

July 26, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder will soon set their sights on the heliosphere, a massive bubble in space that surrounds our solar system and shields it from incoming radiation.

Mars aurora

Stolen electrons key to unusual Mars aurora

July 23, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered a new type of Martian aurora caused by protons plunging into the Red Planet's atmosphere.