For 75 years, ̨ͼⱦ 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 ̨ͼⱦ.

a solar flare

The most outstanding solar-flare eruptions are not always the most influential

Feb. 20, 2024

A recent ̨ͼⱦ study suggests confined flares are more efficient at heating plasma and producing ionizing radiation than comparable eruptive flares.

Alex Meyer

Asteroid named for ̨ͼⱦ aerospace grad student

Feb. 15, 2024

Alex Meyer is an astrodynamics expert, engineer, doctoral student and now part of the night sky. The International Astronomical Union has officially named an asteroid after him.

Black hole in deep space

How black holes switched from creating to quenching stars

Feb. 9, 2024

Mitchell Begelman and a team of other astronomers, including Joe Silk, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, suggesting that new theories of galactic creation are needed to explain the existence of these huge black holes.

Illustration of lunar lander on the moon's surface

Radio telescope with ̨ͼⱦ ties lands at the moon’s South Pole

Feb. 6, 2024

In February, a lander named Odysseus designed by the company Intuitive Machines is scheduled to touch down on the moon, returning U.S. science to the lunar surface for the first time in more than 50 years. Astrophysicists from ̨ͼⱦ will be along for the ride.

Technician in protective gear examines a computer chip

New instrument to capture stardust as part of NASA mission

Jan. 11, 2024

Scientists and engineers at the ̨ͼⱦ will soon take part in an effort to collect a bit of stardust—the tiny bits of matter that flow through the Milky Way Galaxy and were once the initial building blocks of our solar system.

Example of the mixed reality trajectory software.

Doctoral student designing augmented reality for space missions

Dec. 12, 2023

Dezell Turner loves orbital design, a critical step in planning any space mission, and he is plotting out a way to streamline the complex process with an interactive, augmented reality tool.

Artist's depiction of planet orbiting star

14-inch spacecraft delivers new details about ‘hot Jupiters’

Dec. 11, 2023

The Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE) spacecraft, led by a team of scientists from ̨ͼⱦ, is about the size of a cereal box. It has also recorded incredibly detailed measurements of the atmospheres of planets hundreds of light-years from Earth.

The majestic Flatirons above Boulder framed in fall colors.

̨ͼⱦ logs another record-breaking year in research funding

Nov. 2, 2023

̨ͼⱦ researchers attracted a record $684.2 million in fiscal year 2022–23 for studies that, among other things, elevate quantum science in Colorado, solve mysteries about the sun and provide even better data on sea ice, ice sheets, glaciers and more.

Bradley Cheetham with a model of the successful CAPSTONE satellite.

̨ͼⱦ grads launch startups to change future of aerospace

Oct. 17, 2023

̨ͼⱦ aerospace graduates are building the economy and future of the industry with aviation and space startup businesses.

lllustration of small spacecraft orbiting Earth

7 reasons to get excited about ̨ͼⱦ in space

Oct. 13, 2023

From rockets that reach the edge of Earth’s atmosphere to a historic journey to the moon’s South Pole, a landmark year for space exploration is coming for ̨ͼⱦ.