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.

newly discovered exoplanet LHS 1140B

Potentially habitable 'super-Earth' is prime target for atmospheric study

April 19, 2017

A newly discovered “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby small star is an intriguing target for astronomers searching for extraterrestrial life.

CU Boulder students and faculty display their QB50 micro satellite

Student-built satellite launches from Cape Canaveral

April 18, 2017

A student-built microsatellite is on its way to the International Space Station today after launching successfully from Cape Canaveral. The satellite will become part of a network of miniaturized satellites studying a portion of Earth’s atmosphere.

MAVEN spacecraft

MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space

March 30, 2017

Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world.

an image of the moon

Listening in on the early universe from the far side of the moon

March 27, 2017

A University of Colorado Boulder team has entered into a five-year, $4.5-million cooperative agreement with NASA to become part of a virtual institute to pursue the construction of astronomical observatories on the moon.

comet 67P

Comet 67P full of surprises

March 21, 2017

Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place during its most recent trip through the solar system. Imagine growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders.

an illustration of possible future transit vehicles, habitats, and power systems on Mars

Designing lighter, stronger vehicles for space exploration

March 15, 2017

NASA has named CU Boulder as a partner in a first-of-its-kind $15 million research institute developing superstrong, lightweight materials for use in space exploration vehicles.