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NASA spacecraft detects aurora and mysterious dust cloud around Mars

March 18, 2015

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.


New study shows Saturn moon's ocean may have hydrothermal activity

March 11, 2015

A new study by a team of Cassini mission scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder have found that microscopic grains of rock detected near Saturn imply hydrothermal activity is taking place within the moon Enceladus.

CU-Boulder students to help control instruments on NASA spacecraft to probe magnetic reconnection

March 4, 2015

The University of Colorado Boulder will serve as the Science Operations Center for a NASA mission launching this month to better understand the physical processes of geomagnetic storms, solar flares and other energetic phenomena throughout the universe.

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Special Valentine’s Day event about Albert Einstein slated for CU-Boulder

Feb. 2, 2015

Up for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening? Then head to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium to Relativity for Lovers – A Valentine’s Day Among the Stars , for music, film and a talk on the genius of Albert Einstein.

New space telescope concept could image objects at far higher resolution than Hubble

Jan. 23, 2015

University of Colorado Boulder researchers will update NASA officials next week on a revolutionary space telescope concept selected by the agency for study last June that could provide images up to 1,000 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Distinguished Professor Carl Lineberger honored by National Academy of Sciences

Jan. 22, 2015

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor W. Carl Lineberger was honored today by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his extraordinary scientific achievements.

CU-Boulder co-leading new severe weather research group

Dec. 15, 2014

Building on years of collaboration using unmanned aircraft to fly into the storms that create the massive tornadoes that rip across the Midwest, scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have formed a new research consortium.

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NASA’s MAVEN mission scientists identify links in chain leading to Mars atmospheric loss

Dec. 15, 2014

Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time. The findings are among the first returns from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which achieved orbit Sept. 21 and entered its science phase on Nov. 16. The observations reveal a new process by which the solar wind -- an intense stream of hot, high-energy particles blowing off the sun at more than 1 million mph -- can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere.

Annual Geminid meteor shower could be a good one in 2014, weather permitting

Dec. 11, 2014

The annual Geminid meteor shower could be a fun show this weekend for Coloradans weather permitting, according to a University of Colorado Boulder astronomer.

CU-Boulder instrument on New Horizons readies for encounter with Pluto, Kuiper Belt

Dec. 3, 2014

When NASA’s napping New Horizon’s spacecraft awakens later this week in preparation for its July 2015 encounter with Pluto, a University of Colorado Boulder student instrument onboard already will have been up for years.