For 75 years, CU Boulder has been a leader in space exploration and innovation. We travel to space to monitor sea level rise, melting ice, weather patterns and more. Our researchers explore how to track and remove dangerous debris in space. We research the health of humans in space to inform medical applications for people on Earth. Learn more about the latest in space research and science at CU Boulder.

ESA astronaut Alex Gerst working on the International Space Station

Developing cancer treatments in space

April 22, 2022

CU Boulder is leading a $3.3 million project with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and Mayo Clinic to advance stem cell research in low Earth orbit.

A young megamaser as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

Discovery of cosmic ‘spotlight’ could reveal clues about evolution of galaxies

April 7, 2022

Astrophysicists have discovered a 5.4 billion-year-old megamaser—a beam of laser-like light that emerged when two galaxies crashed into each other.

Air Force ROTC cadets line up in a conference room during a meeting with Brig. Ge. John Olson

Space Force partnership powers up with VIP visit

April 6, 2022

Brig. Gen. John Olson and Col. Marc Brock of the U.S. Space Force toured campus this week, checking out new research around tracking satellites in space and sharing career advice with ROTC cadets.

satellite in space

A leader in aerospace: CU innovation a highlight at Space Symposium

April 5, 2022

Through collaboration, groundbreaking engineering and future workforce development, CU Boulder helps place the state at the forefront of America’s aerospace industry.

lunar lander

CU Boulder researching ways to improve astronaut safety during future Moon landings

April 4, 2022

Torin Clark has landed an $800,000 grant from NASA to investigate ways to help protect astronaut safety and performance during lunar landings for upcoming Artemis Moon missions.

hypersonic vehicle

CU Boulder awarded major Department of Defense research grant for hypersonics

April 1, 2022

CU Boulder has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant to advance the science of hypersonic flight. Aerospace Professor Iain Boyd is leading the Department of Defense initiative.

Artist’s rendition of the NOAA GOES satellite

Go for launch: GOES satellite includes instrument built at CU Boulder

Feb. 28, 2022

The satellite carries a state-of-the-art solar monitor built at CU Boulder to protect national technology assets from space weather hazards. Read more from LASP senior scientist Frank Eparvier.

Artist's depiction of Orion Spacecraft leaving Earth's orbit

Not your grandparents’ Apollo: Planetarium film captures NASA’s new moon missions

Feb. 16, 2022

A new full-dome film premiering at the Fiske Planetarium Feb. 18 will take viewers to the moon and back, introducing NASA’s newest efforts to establish a long-term human presence on the lunar surface.

Engineers in cleanroom gear load a small satellite into a rocket

After 2-year delay, international student team set to launch satellite into space

Feb. 10, 2022

Students from the United States and five other countries will be cheering when a small satellite called INSPIRESat-1 lifts off from a rocket pad in India on Monday, Feb. 14.


CU Boulder scientists bring stellar flares into clearer focus

Jan. 28, 2022

In work that has implications for the search for life elsewhere in the galaxy, scientists are analyzing data from 440 stellar flares, finding them to be not just common and powerful but also more complex than previously thought.