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.

New Horizons

More surprises in store for the New Horizons spacecraft?

March 17, 2016

Students at CU-Boulder, who built a dust counter for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, have been eyeing the data for decade now. And the results are showing the solar system really is pretty barren if you put aside the planets, rings, moons, comets and asteroids.

Raina Gough

CU-Boulder’s Raina Gough joins NASA’s Mars rover science team

March 11, 2016

NASA has selected CU-Boulder researcher Raina Gough to join the Mars Curiosity rover mission as a participating scientist; she hopes to expand the science team’s search for evidence of liquid water.

galaxy merger site with two black holes

Galactic merger reveals an unusual star-deprived black hole

Jan. 5, 2016

An unusually star-deprived black hole at the site of two merged galaxies could provide new insight into black hole evolution and behavior.

Golden Rousseau and Scott Palo

CU-Boulder-built MinXSS cube satellite to study solar flares, X-rays emitted by the sun

Dec. 2, 2015

A NASA-funded miniature satellite built by University of Colorado Boulder students will launch at 5:55 p.m. EST on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the start of a six-month-long mission to study solar flares and the powerful X-rays emitted by the sun.

CubeSats students

CU-Boulder lands first free ULA CubeSat ride into space

Nov. 20, 2015

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced Thursday it's taking CubeSat rideshares to the next level by launching a new, innovative program offering universities the chance to compete for free CubeSat rides starting in 2017. The first free CubeSat launch is going to CU-Boulder.

NASA mission reveals speed of solar wind stripping Martian atmosphere

Nov. 5, 2015

Scientists involved in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which is being led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.


FAA approves unmanned aircraft testing in San Luis Valley

Nov. 2, 2015

A collaborative effort involving six counties, the University of Colorado Boulder and the nonprofit aerospace advocacy group, UAS Colorado, has paved the way for the launch and testing of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the San Luis Valley.

Love of science: innovation in aerospace-enabled technology

Oct. 12, 2015

When he was in high school, Daniel Pette was fascinated by stars. When his earth science teacher told him that massive stars die out faster than smaller ones, Pette diagrammed a theory to figure out why this was. When he discovered that his findings were correct, Pette became determined to pursue a career in astrophysics.

NASA awards CU-Boulder $1 million to make short science films for planetariums

Oct. 12, 2015

NASA has awarded the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium $1 million for the development of short, full-dome videos about space science-related discoveries that will be distributed to hundreds of planetariums nationwide.

CU-Boulder leading new drone project to study severe storms

Sept. 30, 2015

The University of Colorado Boulder is the lead institution on a $1.9 million federal grant to develop autonomous aerial robotic systems that will enable new atmospheric science applications, including observing and better understanding the behavior of severe storms.