CU hardware to fly on first-ever NASA-contracted resupply mission to the ISS

Oct. 5, 2012

A University of Colorado Boulder space center is providing hardware and technical support for scientific experiments aboard the first-ever NASA-contracted resupply flight to the International Space Station, slated for launch Oct. 7 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

CU-led mission to study past climate on Mars enters final phase before slated 2013 launch

Sept. 11, 2012

A University of Colorado Boulder-led mission to explore and understand how the loss of atmospheric gas has changed the climate of Mars over the eons has been authorized by NASA to proceed to system delivery, spacecraft integration, testing and launch, which is slated for November 2013.

CU-Boulder plays key role in global student space experiment competition

Sept. 10, 2012

Space experiments dreamed up by three teenage winners of an international contest that will be streamed live on YouTube from the International Space Station Sept. 13 were made flight-ready by a University of Colorado Boulder space center.

CU-Boulder researchers gear up for NASA radiation belt space mission

Aug. 20, 2012

The University of Colorado Boulder will play a key role in a NASA mission launching this week to study how space weather affects Earth’s two giant radiation belts known to be hazardous to satellites, astronauts and electronics systems on Earth.

CU-Boulder planetarium upgrading to giant-screen theater

Aug. 2, 2012

If you’re a planetarium junkie in the Boulder area, your experience is about to get a major upgrade. The astrophysical and planetary sciences department, home to Fiske Planetarium, announced today the launch of a complete upgrade to the projection and other presentation systems that power the planetarium’s big-screen experience. The remodel will turn the dome of the planetarium into an all-encompassing video theater.

Renowned CU-Boulder/NIST institute celebrates 50 years of scientific advances; named an ‘historic physics site’

July 3, 2012

Several hundred people are expected to gather on the University of Colorado Boulder campus July 12-13 to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) known around the world for its discoveries in atomic, molecular and optical physics. In addition, the president-elect of the American Physical Society will be on hand to officially announce JILA’s designation as an historic physics site.

JILA frequency comb helps evaluate novel biomedical decontamination method

June 15, 2012

NIST news release Like many new measurement tools, the laser frequency comb seemed at first a curiosity but has found more practical uses than originally imagined. The technique for making extraordinarily precise measurements of frequency has now moved beyond physics and optics to advance biomedicine by helping researchers evaluate a novel instrument that kills harmful bacteria without the use of liquid chemicals or high temperatures.

CU-Boulder researchers catalog more than 635,000 Martian craters

June 11, 2012

It’s no secret that Mars is a beaten and battered planet -- astronomers have been peering for centuries at the violent impact craters created by cosmic buckshot pounding its surface over billions of years. But just how beat up is it?

CU-Boulder physicists use ultrafast lasers to create first tabletop X-ray device

June 7, 2012

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has generated the first laser-like beams of X-rays from a tabletop device, paving the way for major advances in many fields including medicine, biology and nanotechnology development.

CU-Boulder students to help NASA develop plant food production for deep space

June 4, 2012

University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty have been selected to develop a remotely operable, robotic garden to support future astronauts in deep space. The project is one of five university proposals selected to participate in the 2013 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge led by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation.

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