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.

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.

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.

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 undergraduate students, left to right, Adrian Bryant and Rithik Gangopadhyay work in the mission operations center for IXPE.

Students operate $214M spacecraft. ‘It’s like what you see in the movies.’

Jan. 18, 2022

In December, students and professionals sat in a mission operations center on campus to watch NASA's new Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer satellite blast off into space. But for the dedicated individuals managing the mission operations, the hard work had just begun.

Artist's depiction of James Webb in space with its mirror unfolded.

New space telescope to peer back at the universe’s first galaxies

Dec. 21, 2021

The decades-in-the-making James Webb Space Telescope will observe light from the dawn of the universe and may even detect the gases swirling in the atmospheres of alien planets.

A pit on the moon as seen from a satellite in orbit

Spelunking on the moon: New study explores lunar pits and caves

Dec. 13, 2021

One day, human astronauts could live in the protected environments of pits and caves on the moon. A new study seeks to better understand what the environments may be like within these craggy features.

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