an illustration of the TSIS spacecraft instruments

$90 million solar instruments head to Florida for launch

Aug. 4, 2017

A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder, considered a key tool to help monitor the planet's climate, has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a targeted November launch.

Planet Mars

Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries

July 18, 2017

A colossal impact with a large asteroid early in Martian history may explain several of the planet's mysteries, including the formation of its moons.

Researchers analyze mouse

Curious colony of astronauts could help get humans to Mars

July 7, 2017

Studying mice post-space travel could be key in solving bone loss, a problem that affects millions of older Americans and inhibits human space exploration of Mars.

Autonomous vehicle using Ninja Car platform

Autonomous vehicle has potential for space exploration

June 26, 2017

Chris Heckman and his students are working to strengthen the decision-making capabilities of autonomous cars. Though mostly focused on Earth-bound activities, the technology platform could one day further space exploration.

MAVEN spacecraft near Mars

MAVEN's top 10 discoveries about Mars at 1,000 days

June 16, 2017

Measurements over the first 1,000 days of the MAVEN mission are providing insight into how the sun stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere, turning a planet once possibly habitable to microbial life into a barren desert world.

Galaxy cluster

CU Boulder researchers explain mystery of 'banging' galaxy clusters

June 6, 2017

Two galaxy clusters in the process of merging created a layer of surprisingly hot gas between them that CU Boulder astronomers believe is from turbulence caused by banging into each other at supersonic speeds.

dragon spacecraft

SpaceX launches CU-built heart, bone health experiments to space station

May 31, 2017

A SpaceX rocket launched two CU Boulder-built payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida, delivering equipment to look at changes in cardiovascular stem cells in microgravity and study a new bone-building drug.

Illustration of Van Allen barrier shrouding Earth

Probes spot human-made barrier shrouding Earth

May 17, 2017

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of radio communications have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. Watch the video.

Solar flare

CU space weather instrument installed on commercial satellite

May 17, 2017

A CU Boulder-built instrument that will provide unprecedented imaging of Earth’s upper atmosphere has been installed on a commercial satellite that will carry it into geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles above the Earth.

artists concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver

Saturn spacecraft starts its grand finale

April 26, 2017

NASA's Cassini mission, carrying a $12 million CU Boulder instrument, is ending, but not before the spacecraft performs several dives between Saturn and its rings from now until September, when it will run out of fuel and vaporize.