Artist's depiction of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL)

Researchers led by undergraduate discover river of dust around the sun

Sept. 9, 2021

Anna Pusack was an undergraduate studying astrophysics when she helped to discover a surprising phenomenon: a previously-unknown class of dust spraying out from around the sun.

A BioServe Space Technologies space automated lab incubator

BioServe Space Technologies hits 80 mission milestone

Sept. 2, 2021

When SpaceX CRS-23 launched to the International Space Station on Aug. 29, it carried with it a milestone for CU Boulder: the 80th mission to carry a payload from BioServe Space Technologies.

An aerial image of the Martian surface (Image via NASA)

Dust storms on Mars play a huge role in drying out the planet

Aug. 20, 2021

A new Nature Astronomy study led by Michael Chaffin, a researcher at CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, indicates that regional dust storms can play a significant role in drying out the Red Planet.

Close up image of the Sun (Image credit: NASA)

Scientists inch closer to cracking mysteries of space weather

Aug. 13, 2021

New research from CU Boulder could help scientists better understand the phenomena behind sunspots and the sun's mysterious inner workings.

Marcus Holzinger testifying before the U.S. Congress

Marcus Holzinger speaks to U.S. Senate on commercial use of space

July 26, 2021

Marcus Holzinger addressed the U.S. Congress, testifying recently before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science, about space situational awareness and space traffic management.

A sunset photo taken from the International Space Station, showing several layers of Earth’s atmosphere. (Image credit: NASA Johnson Space Center)

Branson vs. Bezos: Who wins the race depends on your definition of outer space

July 19, 2021

The lack of a uniform definition of where space begins has scientific and engineering implications that extend well beyond which billionaire gets there first.

Gen. Thompson shakes hand with an ROTC cadet in fatigues

Newest frontier in national security—space—gets boost at CU Boulder

June 28, 2021

The United States Space Force's vice chief of space operations visited campus on June 24, learning about new research on autonomous vehicles, satellites smaller than toaster ovens and more.

The Condon Report

CU the site of one of the last government-commissioned reports on UFOs. What does it say?

June 9, 2021

A 53-year-old government-commissioned report on UFOs was collected at CU Boulder and resides in the University Libraries archives. Heather Bowden, head of Rare and Distinctive Collections, shares her insights.

Area 51

How studying UFOs could lead to new scientific breakthroughs

June 8, 2021

This month, a Pentagon task force will release a long-awaited report digging into a topic typically relegated to science fiction movies and tabloids: unidentified flying objects. Professor Carol Cleland talks about the report and why scientists should take weird and mysterious observations seriously.

Researchers in front of the Mars Desert Research Station

Planning for life on Mars

June 4, 2021

Shayna Hume and a team of fellow students are trying out life on Mars through a unique Earth-based experience at the Mars Desert Research Station.