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.
 

MAVEN's Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph obtained this image of Mars on July 13, 2016, when the planet appeared nearly full when viewed from the highest altitudes in the MAVEN orbit. The ultraviolet colors of the planet have been rendered in false color, to show what we would see with ultraviolet-sensitive eyes. The ultraviolet (UV) view gives several new perspectives on Mars.

NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft celebrates one Mars year of science

Oct. 3, 2016

Today, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, which is being led by the University of Colorado Boulder, completed one Mars year of science observations. One Mars year is just under two Earth years.

International Space Station

BioServe Space Technologies: CU Boulder's presence on the International Space Station

Sept. 28, 2016

If you gaze at the night sky from Earth in just the right place, you will see the International Space Station (ISS), a bright speck of light hurtling through space at 5 miles per second as it orbits 220 miles above the planet. And if you were an astronaut floating around inside the station, you would see high-tech hardware and experiments designed and built at CU Boulder.

An Atlas V rocket carried the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft into space last night.

Asteroid mission successfully launched from Florida

Sept. 9, 2016

A NASA mission involving CU Boulder was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 5:05 p.m. MDT Thursday night and is on its way to explore an asteroid, setting the stage for a better understanding of the evolution of our solar system.

An illustration depicts the OSIRIS-REx craft near the Bennu asteroid.

Coming to your solar system soon: A rendezvous with an asteroid

Sept. 1, 2016

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, set for launch Sept. 8 and which involves CU Boulder researchers, is designed to snag a sample from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid for study. The spacecraft will fly more than 1 billion miles in two years before reporting for duty at the asteroid known as Bennu.

Students wearing space suits

CU Boulder's newest minor - in space - has lift off

Aug. 30, 2016

Capitalizing on its reputation as a top public university in space research, CU Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for all undergraduate students. Students are invited to learn more at an event 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Fiske Planetarium. The event will feature astronaut Jim Voss - and pizza and drinks.

The Atlas V rocket takes off from a launch pad.

A space hero’s welcome

Aug. 26, 2016

Three of the four honorees being inducted into the inaugural Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame are CU alumni. The recognition is bestowed upon leaders who've "contributed most significantly to the evolution, success and development of Colorado’s space economy as one of the most important in the nation and world."

CU students posing with Lockheed Martin Chief Technology Officer Keoki Jackson

New partnership with Lockheed Martin forges research, career opportunities for students

Aug. 25, 2016

A new $3 million sponsorship by Lockheed Martin announced Thursday will establish academic programs focused on radio frequency (RF) systems. RF fields address commercial, civil and military needs for communications, radar and photonics. For students, the partnership means even more opportunities to get real-world experience in tracking, navigation and spacecraft control as well as next-generation global navigation technologies.

Solar flair

1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war

Aug. 9, 2016

A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the U.S. Air Force’s budding efforts to monitor the sun’s activity, a new study finds.

Jay McMahon

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an asteroid named after a CU Boulder prof

Aug. 1, 2016

Nearly 750,000 asteroids and comets have been discovered in the solar system, but most are known only by relatively bland numerical designations. This is not the case for the asteroid formerly known as 1998 OS14. The rocky binary asteroids orbiting the sun are now officially dubbed (46829) McMahon after CU Boulder Professor Jay McMahon.

SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Hardware developed by CU-Boulder launched by SpaceX rocket

July 18, 2016

High-tech space hardware designed and built at CU Boulder for biomedical experiments was successfully launched aboard the commercial SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) July 18.

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