For 75 years, CU Boulder has been a leader in space exploration and innovation. We travel to space to monitor sea level rise, melting ice, weather patterns and more. Our researchers explore how to track and remove dangerous debris in space. We research the health of humans in space to inform medical applications for people on Earth. Learn more about the latest in space research and science at CU Boulder.
 

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.

SpaceX Dragon

Latest BioServe space experiments will study cancer, renewable energy

June 28, 2018

Two experiment payloads designed and built at CU Boulder are scheduled to blast off for the International Space Station in the early hours of June 29.

Enceladus plums

Complex organics bubble from Enceladus' depths

June 27, 2018

An international team, including CU Boulder researchers, discovered key building blocks for life in icy plumes ejected from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Cosmic web simulation

Researchers find last of universe's missing ordinary matter

June 20, 2018

CU Boulder scientists are part of an international team that may have answered a long-running mystery called the "missing baryon problem."

Galaxy NGC 2623

Tumultuous galaxy mergers better at switching on black holes

June 6, 2018

CU Boulder researchers find that violent crashes may be more effective at activating black holes than more peaceful mergers.

Alpha Centauri

Scouting nearest star system for potential hazards

June 6, 2018

A new study provides encouraging news about the habitability of Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our sun and a candidate for finding life outside of Earth.

Sedna

Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of 'detached objects'

June 4, 2018

Bumper car-like interactions at the edges of our solar system, not a mysterious ninth planet, may explain the the dynamics of strange bodies called "detached objects," according to a new study.

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