LASP researcher reveals new clues on what makes the Sun’s atmosphere so hot

Dec 07, 2020

New research appears today in the Journal Nature Astronomy that may help resolve a long-standing mystery about the Sun: Why the solar atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than the surface.

LASP scientists find hidden pockets of water ice on the moon

Nov 20, 2020

Hidden pockets of water ice could be much more common on the surface of the moon than scientists once suspected, according to new research led by the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder. In some cases, these tiny patches of ice might exist in permanent shadows no bigger than a penny. “If you can… Read more »

LASP scientist determine that volcanic ash may have a bigger impact on the climate than we thought

Sep 14, 2020

When volcanos erupt, these geologic monsters produce tremendous clouds of ash and dust—plumes that can blacken the sky, shut down air traffic and reach heights of roughly 25 miles above Earth’s surface. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that such volcanic ash may also have a larger influence on the… Read more »

CU on the Air Podcast: LASP Director Dan Baker talks with CU president Mark Kennedy about the Hope Mars Mission and the future of Space Research at CU

Sep 14, 2020

Podcast Link: Summary of Podcast United Arab Emirates sent its first mission to Mars, the Hope Mars Mission, on July 19. And although the launch was more than 6,000 miles from Colorado, the University of Colorado Boulder played a major role in putting Hope into orbit. CU Boulder Professor Dan Baker and CU President Mark… Read more »

LASP researchers develop method to clean lunar dust from surfaces

Sep 02, 2020

LASP researchers Xu Wang and Mihály Horányi were part of a study to develop a method to clean lunar dust particles off of surfaces.

MAVEN: A new look at Mars’ ultraviolet nighttime glow

Aug 06, 2020

Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASAʼs MAVEN spacecraft. The results are being used to illuminate complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere.

LASP Researchers take the ultimate Earth selfie

Aug 06, 2020

In a new study, a team led by astrophysicist Allison Youngblood at CU Boulder set out to achieve something new in planetary photography: The group used the Hubble Space Telescope to try to view Earth as if it were an exoplanet—or a world orbiting a star many light years from our own.

Emirates Mars Mission launched July 19th in partnership with LASP at CU Boulder

Jul 14, 2020

The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, is scheduled to launch this week on Mitsubishi H-IIA launch platform from Tanegashima, Japan and arrive at Mars in February 2021, coinciding with The Emirates’ 50th anniversary as a nation.

ESCAPE funded for Phase A concept study

Apr 22, 2020

ESCAPE is one of two candidates vying to be the next satellite to launch under NASA’s ambitious Explorers Program. NASA has given the team funding to develop their concept further with the agency making its final decision in 2021.  If selected, ESCAPE would survey the radiation streaming from more than 200 stars to make a road map of the most promising habitable worlds.

TSIS-2 funded to continue 40 years of solar measurements

Apr 22, 2020

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 (TSIS-2). The new sensor provides continuity to data delivered by TSIS-1, which launched in December 2017. LASP will receive funding to build two instruments, the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) and Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SIM) and will operate the spacecraft after it launches in 2023. 

LASP awarded Earth Venture Mission Libera

Mar 06, 2020

This week, NASA announced that it has given the green light to Libera, a new space mission that will record how much energy leaves our planet’s atmosphere on a day-by-day basis—data that can provide crucial information about how Earth’s climate is evolving over time.

CU Boulder leads the nation in Cubesat launches

Feb 11, 2020

According to Bryce Space and Technology , a space research and consulting firm, CU Boulder leads all United States academic institutions and non-profits in the launch of small satellites between 2012 and 2019.