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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.

Axelrad receives 2015 Aerospace Educator Award

Sept. 17, 2015

CU-Boulder's Penina Axelrad , professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Sciences, received the 2015 Aerospace Educator Award from the Women in Aerospace association.

Waleed Abdalati

Abdalati to co-lead high-profile effort to set nation’s satellite science agenda

Sept. 4, 2015

Waleed Abdalati, professor of geography at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), will co-chair a prestigious national committee charged with developing U.S. priorities for observing Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces by satellite.

Impressive Perseid meteor shower to peak next week, says CU-Boulder expert

Aug. 7, 2015

It’s August and that means the hottest show in the night sky -- the Perseid meteor shower -- will make its annual appearance, peaking in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 11 to 14.

Salt flat indicates some of the last vestiges of surface water on Mars, CU-Boulder study finds

Aug. 7, 2015

Mars turned cold and dry long ago, but researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Red Planet.

CU-Boulder students, faculty primed for July 14 Pluto encounter

July 8, 2015

After a nine-year journey of 3 billion miles, a piano-sized, power-packed NASA spacecraft has an upcoming date with history that some University of Colorado Boulder students, faculty and alumni wouldn’t miss for the world.