Carl Sagan Institute director talks Voyager Mission, 40 years later

Voyager 1 and 2 will reach 40 years of operation and exploration later this month and in early September. Despite their distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily and are still exploring the final frontier. Lisa Kaltenegger is the director of the Carl Sagan Institute and professor of astronomy in the College of Arts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crystallization plate provides clues on protein structure aboard historic space mission

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new crystallization plate, developed and tested at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, or CHESS, hitched a ride to outer space and is helping a major drugmaker learn about protein structure. The In-Situ-1 crystallization plate – developed by Robert Thorne, professor of physics at Cornell University, and the company he founded, […]

Space scientist, TV and equality scholar say Star Trek’s impact goes far beyond screen

The original Star Trek series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with events to commemorate the show’s debut throughout the year the new “Star Trek Beyond” movie opening Friday. Two Cornell University professors – one who served as NASA’s Chief Technologist, and another who studies gender and racial roles within American television and film – […]

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 […]

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 […]