Space research in Boulder

NASA gives $1 million to CU Boulder 

NASA awarded $1 million to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium to develop short videos about space discovery.

These videos will be given to hundreds of other planetariums across the U.S.

Douglas Duncan, Fiske’s director plans to target all age groups with these videos and according to a news release hopes to bring the general public as well as students on board.

 

Boulder scientists study lunar dust

Two scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado will study lunar dust from the Apollo 11 and 14 missions.

“I always wanted to be an astronaut, and I didn’t get to be, so this is as close as I’ll ever get to the moon,” said Edward Garboczi, a NIST fellow.

The NIST scientists are working in conjunction with Jay Goguen, a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Pluto unlike other planets

NASA published the first scientific findings of the New Horizon mission which flew past Pluto in July 2015.

Carly Howett, a planetary scientist and New Horizon team member at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado said Pluto is a conglomeration of geology from other planets and moons.

The findings suggest interesting features on Pluto, such as its perfect sphericalness and geological activity driven by heat from its core of radioactive elements.

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