NYUAD in Space

From peering through the lenses of microscopes to gazing upwards at the stars, NYU Abu Dhabi conducts research and engages in projects that look to better understand the final frontier.

The mysteries of the Universe remain a crucial element of humanity’s plight to learn about our existence. Is there life on Mars? What is dark matter? Can humans exist beyond earth? Our researchers, faculty, and students conduct studies that shed light on the vast expanse of space and bring to light knowledge that improves life on our home planet.

Mind Over Dark Matter

Professor Andrea Macciò has been searching his entire life for something that science knows is there but has never seen.

Season 1 of NYU Abu Dhabi’s First-Ever Space Podcast

Aimed at promoting scientific ideas and igniting curiosity among the public about astronomy and space science, Spaced Out  features NYUAD’s own experts in the field, as well as guest speakers from the space sector and other academic institutions.

Bring Space Home

Research from NYU Abu Dhabi is preparing for the next generation of space travelers by making them healthier and more equipped to brave the final frontier.


Why are we here? Why did life appear? We are looking to answer these questions and provide an understanding of biology and the chemistry that has allowed for life to occur. When we explore Mars, we are exploring the limits of life, and gaining a much better understanding of who we are.

Dimitra Atri, research scientist at the NYUAD Center for Space Science


Video: How did Mars lose most of its atmosphere? Was ancient Mars a hospitable place for life? Learn how we are using the UAE's Hope mission data to study the evolution of the red planet and our efforts to answer these fundamental questions about our planetary neighbor.


NYU Abu Dhabi will be hosting several events in the coming academic year that explore the research on space and beyond. Here is a selection of some of the talks and presentations that showcase the galactic work at the University.

The Sun and Planetary Systems

The Center for Space Science at NYUAD aims to bring together internationally recognized practitioners in these areas to discuss cutting-edge developments.

October 10-12, 2022
NYU Abu Dhabi

Tenth Anniversary of the Higgs Boson Discovery

July 4, 2012 marked the discovery of the Higgs Boson (also known as the "God Particle") after its prediction almost 50 years prior. With a ten-year retrospective, this talk tells the inside story of one of the most significant discoveries made by humanity ever.

October 24, 2022 6:30‐8pm
NYUAD Campus, Conference Center (A6)

Timescales in Astrophysics

The Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics (CAP3) is organizing a conference to determine the state of the art in measuring astrophysical time scales, from solar system formation timescales through the age of the Universe.

January 16-20, 2023
NYU Abu Dhabi

Center for Space Science

Established in 2015, the Center for Space Science is primarily focused on the study of the internal structure of the Sun and stars through stellar seismology and modeling. The Center relies heavily on space observations of solar and stellar oscillations from the NASA spacecrafts and is involved in preparations for the future European Space Agency missions Solar Orbiter and PLATO.

Data Center for Space Science

Acquires, archives, manages, and processes selected scientific data sets from space missions.

Mars Research Group

Explores present and past habitability of Mars, its atmosphere and surface and subsurface chemistry.

Solar and Stellar Physics Group

The group is interested in the internal structure and outer atmospheres of the Sun and Stars.

Space Science Faculty

Our faculty conduct research in a range of topics related to space science and teach classes aimed at empowering students to pursue careers in the field. These classes and their research contribute to a global effort to gain a better understanding of life and physics beyond earth.

Ingyin Zaw

The Program Head of Physics and Global Network Associate Professor of Physics studies the intersection of particle physics and astronomy. She concentrates on two of the most central questions in fundamental physics: the origin of high-energy cosmic rays and the comprehension of dark energy.

David Russell

Global Network Associate Professor of Physics whose research interests concern accreting compact objects — black holes and neutron stars — and their energetic output in the form of radiation and jets.

Francesco Arneodo

The Global Network Professor of Physics is an experimental physicist interested in detectors for particle physics and their applications.