In a cosmic hit-and-run, icy Saturn moon may have flipped

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Enceladus. ITHACA, N.Y. – Enceladus – a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn –  may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA’s Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and […]

Grab your shades – NASA’S Solar Probe Plus to show incredible detail

NASA is expected to make an announcement about the agency’s first mission to fly directly into our sun’s atmosphere on May 31. The mission, Solar Probe Plus, is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018. Jonathan Lunine is the director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University and has served on […]

Breakthrough telescope to map origins of stars, galaxies and the ‘cosmic dawn’

Media Note: Telescope renderings and additional information can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CCATProject.   ITHACA, N.Y. – A unique and powerful telescope capable of mapping the sky at submillimeter and millimeter wavelengths is headed to South America. With a slated completion date of 2021, the 6-meter aperture telescope, Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope-prime (CCAT-p), will […]

Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hunting for habitable exoplanets now may be easier: Cornell University astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos. Planets located great distances from stars freeze over. “On frozen planets, any potential life would be buried under layers […]

El hidrógeno volcánico estimula las posibilidades de hallar vida exoplanetaria

ITHACA, N.Y. – Quizás sea más fácil ahora encontrar exoplanetas habitables. Astrónomos de la Universidad de Cornell publican un nuevo estudio indicando que los volcanes podrían estimular las posibilidades de encontrar la vida extraterrestre en muchos planetas por todo el cosmos. Planetas ubicados lejos de su estrella tienden a congelarse. “En planetas congelados, cualquier vida […]

Cosmic source found for mysterious ‘fast radio burst’

Cornell University researchers and a global team of astronomers have uncovered the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating milliseconds-long “fast radio burst.” Once thinking these bursts had emanated from within the Milky Way galaxy, or from cosmic neighbors, the astronomers now confirm that they are long-distance flashes from across the universe – more than 3 […]

Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought

ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshly harvested data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals that the ringed planet’s moons may be younger than previously thought. “All of these Cassini mission measurements are changing our view of the Saturnian system, as it turns our old theories upside down,” said Radwan Tajeddine, Cornell University research associate in astronomy and a […]

Exploration team shoots for the moon with water-propelled satellite

Media Note: To download video and images related to the Cube Quest Challenge, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCubeSat. ITHACA, N.Y. – A satellite propelled by the Earth’s most abundant natural resource? Yes, it’s true. Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell University students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate professor of mechanical […]

Forget the moon. Future travel plans could include trips to Proxima Centauri, says Cornell astronomer

Lisa Kaltenegger, director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, is available for independent comment on today’s European Southern Observatory (ESO) announcement regarding a small planet around the flare star Proxima Centauri in the habitable zone. Kaltenegger, who did not take part in the study, is an expert on habitability and how to spot it on other […]

Chemical trail on Titan may be key to prebiotic conditions

ITHACA, N.Y. – NASA’s Cassini and Huygens missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn’s moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, features terrain with Earthlike attributes such as lakes, rivers and seas, although filled with […]