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.

A drone hovering

Smead Aerospace houses new partnership on autonomous air mobility and sensing

May 13, 2022

A major research center on autonomous air mobility and sensing has been founded at CU Boulder, in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

Artist rendition of satellites in space

CU Boulder receives NASA grant to develop new technology to monitor space weather

May 13, 2022

LASP and aerospace engineering researchers will use new grant funding to advance their concept of a futuristic swarm of satellites to shed new light on how the solar wind affects Earth’s upper atmosphere.

NASA's Pam Melroy tours an aerospace engineering lab on the CU Boulder campus

From cockpit to campus: NASA’s Melroy talks moon, inclusivity, more at CU Boulder

May 6, 2022

NASA's Pam Melroy has spent roughly 924 hours in space. Her latest voyage—she visited Colorado on Thursday to talk to campus leaders about traveling to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Artist's depiction of the bright accretion disk around a supermassive black hole

A surging glow in a distant galaxy could change the way we look at black holes

May 5, 2022

Several years ago, a supermassive black hole at the center of a far-away galaxy suddenly got a lot brighter. Now, scientists think they know why.

Students test the spring's strength in the Senior Design Lab

Deployable antenna could provide more powerful communications on smaller space satellites

May 4, 2022

As the space industry evolves its focus from large satellites to smaller ones with the same functionality, there is a growing need for the hardware to shrink as well. A group of seniors has helped meet that need.

Solar flare

LASP instrument selected for next NASA ‘Living With a Star’ mission

May 3, 2022

A spacecraft constellation will make the first global measurements of the coupling between the magnetosphere and the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The results will help detect and predict extreme conditions in space that can impact society and future exploration.

astronaut on the International Space Station

LASP’s Hybrid Solar Reference Spectrum named new international standard for climate research

April 22, 2022

The new standard, endorsed by the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, will reduce uncertainty in global climate models and many more Earth Science applications.

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.