Artist's depiction of NASA's X-43A aircraft in flight

Hypersonics research paving way for Mars exploration, space tourism

Feb. 2, 2021

In this Q&A, aerospace engineer Iain Boyd talks about what happens to vehicles when they hit speeds of 4,000 miles per hour or more and how those conditions might affect efforts to land humans on Mars.

Graphic showing pulsar light traveling to Earth amid a sea of gravitational waves.

‘Galaxy-sized’ observatory sees potential hints of gravitational waves

Jan. 11, 2021

Scientists believe that planets like Earth bob in a sea of gravitational waves that spread throughout the universe. Now, an international team has gotten closer than ever before to detecting those cosmic ripples.

Student plays a musical instrument with a mask and a face shield on.

10 research discoveries from 2020 you won’t want to miss

Dec. 17, 2020

From diving Neanderthals to saliva-based COVID-19 tests, we remember the year in research at CU Boulder.

Parker Solar Probe circles in front of the sun in this artist rendering.

Researchers get a look at the sun's dusty environment

Dec. 9, 2020

Scientists say that the way that dust moves and transforms around the sun may give them new insights to how Earth and its neighboring planets formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.

Flare erupts from the surface of the sun

Researchers reveal new clues on what makes the sun’s atmosphere so hot

Dec. 7, 2020

Why is the sun's atmosphere millions of degrees hotter than its surface? New research provides tantalizing hints.

Images of "circumstellar" disks circling young stars produced by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)

New project to explore how planets get their atmospheres

Nov. 16, 2020

A new NASA-funded effort will explore the processes that make planets habitable—or turn them into barren wastelands.

Bubble of expanding gas created by a supernova.

Tree rings may hold clues to earthly impacts of distant supernovas

Nov. 11, 2020

A very nearby supernova could wipe all life off the face of Earth. But even farther away events may still leave their mark on the planet, new research suggests.

An image of the lunar surface partially in shadow.

Tiny moon shadows may harbor hidden stores of ice

Oct. 26, 2020

Finding the ingredients for a hot shower on the moon may have gotten a lot easier, new research suggests.

Artist's depiction of the SPRITE CubeSat orbiting Earth.

New CubeSat will observe the remnants of massive supernovas

Oct. 19, 2020

A new space mission will seek to better understand a time in the early universe when the first stars lived fast and hard, burning out and going supernova in the span of a few million years.

Artist's depiction of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swooping toward Bennu to collect a sample of material from the asteroid's surface.

Scientists peer inside an asteroid

Oct. 8, 2020

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft rendezvoused with the asteroid Bennu in late 2018. Now, researchers think they know what this chunk of space debris is like on the inside.

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