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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Groundbreaking space missions, student success focus of Aerospace Summit

March 10, 2017

Alumni, industry execs and other space buffs celebrated the state’s growing prominence in aerospace—from probing the Bennu asteroid to an array of industry partnerships—at the second annual CU Boulder Aerospace Summit earlier this week.

Ben Lewis, Stefanie Countryman and Shelby Bottoms

Students play key biomedical research role – in space

Feb. 15, 2017

Students and faculty at BioServe Space Technologies in aerospace engineering built two biomedical payloads that will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Feb. 18 to the International Space Station.

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High-altitude water acts as atmospheric escape route for Martian hydrogen

Jan. 30, 2017

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered an atmospheric escape route for hydrogen on Mars, a mechanism that may have played a significant role in the planet’s loss of liquid water.

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CU Boulder to lead operations for NASA black holes mission

Jan. 11, 2017

CU Boulder students and professionals from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics will operate the satellite for an upcoming NASA mission to investigate exotic astronomical objects like black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.

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Researchers dial in to 'thermostat' in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Dec. 14, 2016

Researchers have found Earth's upper atmosphere has a natural thermostat that dramatically cools the area after powerful solar storms bring on the heat.

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Sky-high harvest: Space gardening for astronauts

Nov. 18, 2016

Graduate student Heather Hava has received several national awards for her research on developing new research tools for growing and maintaining fruits and vegetables in a space environment. And she wouldn't mind being among the first astronauts to reap the benefits of gardens grown in the low gravity of space.


Let’s just call it a 'Supermoon Monday'

Nov. 15, 2016

Nov. 14, 2016 Right before sunrise on Monday, something really super is going to happen. That’s when we’ll be treated to a “super, supermoon” – a full moon at its closest distance to Earth - but one that’s even more spectacular than usual, says Matt Benjamin with CU Boulder Fiske...