A computer-generated image representing space debris as could be seen from high Earth orbit.  (Image provided by NASA)

Solving the space junk problem

May 26, 2020

Aging satellites and space debris crowd low-Earth orbit, and launching new satellites adds to collision risks. The most effective way to solve the space junk problem involves an international agreement to charge operators orbital-use fees.

An illustration of a satellite in orbit

Do increased extraterrestrial ambitions threaten the future of space?

May 18, 2020

As more private companies get involved in commercial space activities, the sustainability of space exploration comes into question. Researchers have teamed up to explore norms and rules to help ensure space remains accessible to future generations.

Jim Bridenstein tours the new aerospace building on the CU Boulder campus.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulates aerospace graduates

May 16, 2020

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recorded a special video for the aerospace graduation ceremony, offering congratulations to graduates.

Part of a CubeSat that CU Boulder students are building remotely

Spacebound while homebound: CU Boulder students designing a satellite from home

May 5, 2020

Working entirely via Zoom, remote desktop connections and webcams, a CU Boulder team is constructing and programming a satellite none of its members can currently touch. Welcome to designing a CubeSat during the coronavirus pandemic.

An image showing the Freezer Refrigerator Incubator Device for Galley and Experimentation, or FRIDGE

New FRIDGE could bring real ice cream to space

April 28, 2020

Astronaut ice cream—the crunchy, freeze-dried, pale imitation of the real thing—may have met its match: The International Space Station is getting a real freezer.

Sun sets over Earth as seen from a window on the International Space Station.

New satellite to continue 40 years of solar measurements

April 21, 2020

A new space mission will serve as the next phase in a long-running effort to take the temperature of the sun.

A star called HD 189733b located about 64.5 lightyears from our solar system shines on a planet about the size of Jupiter.

New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres

March 26, 2020

A new spacecraft could become NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's solar system that might host planets with thick atmospheres.

Lenticular clouds, which look a bit like a layer cake, form over Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

New science centers will explore the complex relationship between the Earth and sun

March 17, 2020

How can winds at Earth's surface influence the orbits of satellites in space? What makes a planet habitable? These are some of the questions two new NASA-funded efforts will tackle at CU Boulder.

Sun rises above the Earth as seen from space.

$130 million space mission to monitor Earth’s energy budget

Feb. 27, 2020

This week, NASA announced that it has given the green light to Libera, a new space mission that will record how much energy leaves our planet’s atmosphere.

NASA astronaut services the Hubble Space Telescope from orbit.

Hubble turns lens toward gender bias, yielding lessons for Earthlings

Feb. 18, 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope is helping find new ways to combat gender bias, which could have implications for other business sectors.