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Scientists depict Dragonfly landing site on Saturn moon Titan

When NASA’s 990-pound Dragonfly rotorcraft reaches Saturn’s moon in 2034, Cornell’s Léa Bonnefoy '15 will have helped to make it a smooth landing.
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Synthetic lava in the lab aids exoplanet exploration

Cornell researchers developed a starter catalog for finding volcanic worlds that feature fiery landscapes and oceans of magma.
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From methane to microbes: 2030 Project conveys first grants

“Climate change is a pressing challenge and we don’t have a moment to lose."
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Cornell scientists show how terrain evolves on an icy comet

Astronomers have shown how smooth terrains – a good place to land a spacecraft and to scoop up samples – evolve on the icy world of comets.
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Cornell helps detect CO2 for first time on faraway world

A large international team found molecular evidence of carbon dioxide on the exoplanet WASP-39b, a giant gaseous world orbiting a sun-like star about 700 light-years away.
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Rapid-fire fast radio burst shows hot space between galaxies

Sending out an occasional and informative cosmic ping from more than 3.5 billion light years away, these quick-fire surges provide a pathway for scientists to comprehend the perplexing, mysterious and million-degree intergalactic medium.
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Tear down academic silos: Take an ‘undisciplinary’ approach

A new Cornell study suggests that solving societal problems such as climate change could require dismantling rigid academic boundaries, so that researchers from varying disciplines could work together collaboratively.
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The 2030 Project to marshal faculty to solve climate crisis

Fueled by the collaborative spirit of Cornell’s faculty, the 2030 Project is helping to remove silos, activate research and leverage existing expertise across all disciplines to find solutions now.
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Cornell-chaired panels advocate Uranus, Enceladus missions

Professors Jonathan I. Lunine and Alexander Hayes played leadership roles in identifying U.S. national scientific priorities through 2033.
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Cornell joins NY-led group to propose hydrogen energy hub

Cornell chemists and Cornell research-startups aim to propose a Northeast research hub to make hydrogen a viable, clean-energy alternative to carbon-based fuels.
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Tint of life: Color catalog built to find frozen worlds

As ground-based and space telescopes improve, astronomers need a color-coded guide to compare Earth’s biological microbes to cold, distant exoplanets to grasp their composition.
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Comet 67P emits ancient molecular oxygen from its nucleus

After a European spacecraft rendezvoused with Comet 67P about seven years ago, astronomers now have found a cosmic revelation: It emits molecular oxygen drawn from its nucleus.
View from Mars: red landscape and robot

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Rock stars on Mars: Students look for life on big red planet

For the past year, two Cornell doctoral students have been living, thinking and working on the red planet Mars, digitally commuting from our own blue world.
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Students completing their studies eye the future

Some of the 1,450 students who graduated in December share their transformational Cornell experiences.
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Juno craft provides first 3D view of Jupiter’s deep storms

“This answers questions that scientists have asked for 200 years," said co-author Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and chair of the Department of Astronomy.
A black and white aerial image of Titan's river system.

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Titan’s river maps may advise Dragonfly’s sedimental journey

A Cornell-led team of astronomers has published the final maps of Titan’s liquid methane rivers and tributaries, as seen by NASA’s late Cassini mission.
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Detected: 1,652 radio bursts from 3 billion light-years away

An international team of astronomers including Cornell researchers have detected 1,652 independent millisecond explosions – called fast radio bursts, or FRBs – over a period of only 47 days.
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Spectrum reveals extreme exoplanet is even more exotic

An international team led by Cornell researchers has discovered ionized calcium on the fiery, inferno-like WASP-76b exoplanet.
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Maxwell Davis, an Air Force veteran, reviews his Warrior-Scholars Project assignments.

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Boots in the books: Veterans succeed at academic prep camp

Sixteen military veterans participated in a virtual academic boot camp at Cornell July 26 to Aug. 6. The university partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project for the seventh consecutive year to help recent or soon-to-be military veterans transition into higher education.
Reflections of Mars' South Pole

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Mars’ bright south pole reflections may be clay – not water

“Those bright reflections have been big news over the last few years because they were initially interpreted as liquid water below the ice.”