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MASA rocket launch featured image.

MASA wins first place in Phase One of Base 11 Space Challenge

Congratulations to MASA, winner of the Best Preliminary Design award in Phase One of the Base 11 Space Challenge! |Short Read

Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses

Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.|Medium Read
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy during launch

MXL sends twin CubeSats on Falcon Heavy’s third launch

The Tandem Beacon Experiment (TBEx), a twin pair of CubeSats will accompany other research payloads in the June 24th night launch.|Short Read
A render of PSP approaching the sun

Solving the sun’s super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe

Probe will go where no spacecraft has gone and measure a process never directly observed before. |Medium Read
Aerospace Engineering Professor Iain Boyd

Aerospace Professor Iain Boyd wins 2018 AIAA Thermophysics Best Paper award

Congratulations to Aerospace Professor Iain Boyd, winner of the 2018 AIAA Thermophysics Best Paper Award!|Short Read

U-M alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole

EECS-ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos.|Medium Read
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.0-class solar flare

Solar storm congressional testimony: ‘The risk is real’

Professor Justin Kasper addresses Senate committee on solar threat to power grid.|Medium Read

Mars InSight’s escorts: Michigan Engineers built first deep-space CubeSats

The MarCO mission opens new space exploration opportunities that aren’t possible with large, expensive probes.|Medium Read
Prof. Mavalvala, Prof. Theodore Norris, and Prof. Steven Cundiff

A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship|Medium Read
Havel Liu (BSE CE) and teammates Taylor Sun (BSE ME), Jeff Yin (BSE CE), and Andres Penaranda (MSE AERO).

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails|Medium Read
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: European Space Agency

U-M researchers to help unravel Mercury, solar system mysteries

In ESA's BepiColombo mission, an examination of the particles in Mercury's upper atmosphere will shed light on what the planet is made of.|Medium Read
An artist’s rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun

Touching the Sun to protect the Earth

A Q&A with Justin Kasper on going where no probe has gone before.|Medium Read