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Tobias Niederwieser and Luis Zea pose by two cases on a table in a lab

Yeast bound for moon will provide clues on how radiation impacts astronauts

Aug. 29, 2022

NASA's Artemis 1 mission could launch for the moon as early as Saturday, Sept. 3. Aboard will be an experiment designed by engineers at CU Boulder studying how radiation in space could impact human astronauts.

Earth and the moon

CU Boulder lands $5.5M Air Force project for orbital, artificial intelligence research

Aug. 24, 2022

A team of researchers is embarking on a major research project that will advance our understanding of orbital mechanics and monitoring, artificial intelligence and hypersonics.

A filament of ultra-hot, ionized gas, or "plasma," leaps off the surface of the sun.

These scientists watch the sun to better understand Earth

July 26, 2022

For decades, a community of "data stewards" has toiled behind the scenes to build records showing that humans, and not the sun, are responsible for driving the planet's climate into dangerous territory.

Image of clouds of interstellar gas and dust in the Carina Nebula

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’: New space telescope gives first glimpses of universe

July 13, 2022

Astrophysicist John Bally takes a look at the first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope—an instrument that is gazing farther into space and time than anything ever built by humans.

The craggy surface of the asteroid Bennu as seen from space

Hopping space dust may influence the way asteroids look and move

July 11, 2022

When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the asteroid Bennu, scientists discovered something surprising: The asteroid's surface wasn't smooth like many were expecting but was covered in large boulders. Now, a team of physicists think they know why.

moon surface

CU to participate in mission to explore moon’s mysterious Gruithuisen Domes

June 20, 2022

CU's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics will contribute scientific data systems and mission operations expertise to a NASA robotic mission to study the lunar surface prior to renewed human exploration.

Artist's depiction of the debris disk around the star HD 53143

Scientists discover really weird debris disk around nearby star

June 14, 2022

Disks made up of rocks and dust swirl around stars across the galaxy. These features are the "fossil record of planet formation," said astrophysicist Meredith MacGregor.


Putting the theory of special relativity into practice—by counting galaxies

June 2, 2022

New research adds another piece of evidence to the scientist philosophy known as the mediocrity principle: Galaxies are, on average, at rest with respect to the early universe. Jeremy Darling, a CU Boulder astrophysics professor, recently published this new finding in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Dome show at Fiske Planetarium

Fiske Planetarium, emeritus professor awarded $2 million NASA grant

May 24, 2022

A new grant award will be used to produce full-dome videos that will help educate the public on NASA’s latest scientific endeavors, including two upcoming solar eclipses.

A winding valley on the surface of the moon

Astronauts may one day drink water from ancient moon volcanoes

May 18, 2022

If any humans had been alive 2 to 4 billion years ago, they may have looked up and seen a sliver of frost on the moon's surface. Some of that ice may still be hiding in craters on the moon today.