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: […]

Starshot: Committee member and former NASA technologist available to discuss mission to Alpha Centauri

Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner was joined at One World Observatory yesterday by renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking to announce a new breakthrough initiative focusing on space exploration and the search for life in the universe. Breakthrough Starshot is a $100 million research and engineering program aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for light-propelled […]

Under Saturnian moon’s icy crust lies a ‘global’ ocean

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have learned that a global ocean lies beneath the moon’s thick icy crust by measuring with precision the tiny wobbles of Saturn’s moon Enceladus – whose cosmic quavers are detectable only in high-resolution images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Cornell planetary scientists have analyzed more than seven years worth […]