After 360 engine burns, 2.5 million executed commands, 635 gigabytes of
gathered data, 162 moon flybys, 4.9 billion miles traveled and 3,948
published papers, NASA’s 20-year Cassini spacecraft ran the last lap of
its historic scientific mission Sept. 15.
"Cassini — the robotic spacecraft orbiting Saturn — will meet its end Friday
when it enters the atmosphere of Saturn after a 13-year odyssey
exploring the gas giant’s spectacular rings, atmosphere and moons."
Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical
Sciences and director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and
Planetary Science, has been selected as the American Geophysical Union’s
(AGU) 2017 Carl Sagan Lecturer.
Cornell astronomers gathered atop Mount Pleasant at sunset June 25 to
honor one of their own. The 25-inch reflecting telescope at the
university’s Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory was named in memory of the late James R. Houck.
Alexander Hayes ’03, M.Eng ‘03, assistant professor of astronomy, and Katherine Kinzler,
associate professor of psychology and human development, are among 52
scientists under the age of 40 named Young Scientists 2017 by the World Economic Forum, which calls those selected “the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world.”