ITHACA, NY — During the American Revolution, the Rockaway Presbyterian Church, Rockaway, NJ, gave patriots, soldiers and other figures from that turbulent time a gathering place to share their views and speak their minds. From June 16 to 18, the quarter acre of the church’s cemetery containing old and unmarked burial sites will be investigated by a faculty-and-student research team...
ITHACA, NY — On Wednesday, May 26, a telescope mounted in the fuselage of a modified 747 jumbo jet captured the first infrared images for NASA’s newest and largest airborne astronomical observatory. Nearly 10 feet in diameter and weighing the equivalent of two school buses, the 17-ton telescope is NASA’s newest addition to its array of satellite-mounted and ground-based...
ITHACA, NY — Dante Lauretta — professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of NASA’s first mission to bring back asteroid samples for study and analysis—will visit Ithaca College on Thursday, Sept. 13, to give an overview of the project. Free and open to the public, the talk will begin at noon in the Center for Natural Sciences...
Unknown to many Ithaca College students are the amazing public nights at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory. Earlier this month, I headed up to the observatory that sits tucked away in the woods on campus, along with several other students, a father and son, and a couple who looked to be on a date, to see if we could get a little starry-eyed.
Chair of physics department lands NASA grant
Beth Ellen Clark, associate professor and chair of the physics department, received a $2.7 million grant from NASA in August to fund her part of the first U.S. mission to bring samples of an asteroid back to Earth for study and analysis.
The mission, named OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled for 2016 and will execute touch and go...