Cornell CubeSat wins ride into space with NASA in 2019

Media: Images of the CubeSat can be viewed and downloaded at: https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCubeSat.   ITHACA, N.Y. – What started approximately seven years ago as research into electrolysis propulsion – using water as rocket fuel – has led to a Cornell University engineering team earning a shot at space-flight history. Cornell’s Cislunar Explorers – a student group […]

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 […]

It’s too early to mourn Cassini, the quintessential discovery machine

On April 26, Cassini will start a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Jonathan Lunine, is the director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and has worked on a variety of aspects of the Cassini mission, including the radar […]

Sagan Institute director available to offer insight into new NASA exoplanet research

On Wednesday, NASA will hold a news conference that is expected to present new findings related to planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets. Lisa Kaltenegger, one of the world’s leading experts on exoplanets and the potential for life beyond earth, will be available to offer independent insight into the research findings. Kaltenegger is […]

Space technology to jump light-years ahead thanks to ExoMars mission

Mason Peck, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, former NASA Chief Technologist and co-author of three books on planetary exploration and spacecraft mechanisms, says while the ExoMars mission will advance space technology needed to put humans on Mars, the mission to sustain an economy beyond Earth still faces financial hurdles. Bio: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=mp336 […]

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 […]

Cornell ‘cosmic archeologist’ will study Juno mission mysteries starting July 4

Media Note: To access the full NASA Juno mission online press kit, click here. Any press inquiries on July 2, 3 or 4 should be directed to the NASA Juno newsroom at (818) 393-9011. ITHACA, N.Y. – On July 4, the veil over Jupiter’s mysteries will be ripped away with the arrival of NASA’s Juno […]

Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought

Freshly harvested data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals that Saturn’s bulging core and twisting gravitational forces are leading some astronomers to believe that the ringed planet’s moons are 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 […]

Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential

ITHACA, N.Y. – The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life. “About […]

Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute director available to comment on Kepler announcement

NASA officials are expected to announce the latest discoveries of the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Lisa Kaltenegger, professor of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, is available to comment on the announcement. Bio: http://astro.cornell.edu/members/lisa-kaltenegger.html       For interviews contact: Daryl Lovell Office: […]