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ITHACA, NY — The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012 — Mayan doomsday calendar notwithstanding — and despite some recent close calls with meteors and asteroids, it appears Armageddon is on hold for now. Beliefs about how, when and why the world will come to an end will be discussed in two upcoming events sponsored by the ...

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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...

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 ITHACA, NY — Time lapse photography and video shot by an Ithaca College faculty member will be seen in an upcoming episode of “Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series for “Nova” being aired by PBS. Tom Nicholson, an associate professor of television-radio in the Roy H. Park School...

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 ITHACA, NY — Beth Ellen Clark, associate professor and chair of the physics department at Ithaca College, has received a $2.7 million grant from NASA to support her participation in the first U.S. mission to bring samples of an asteroid back to the Earth for study and analysis. Named OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer),...

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ITHACA, NY — On December 1, after five months of test flights, SOFIA — NASA’s newest and largest airborne astronomical observatory — completed a 10-hour flight that marked the project’s first mission devoted solely to gathering scientific data. A 17-ton telescope mounted in the fuselage of a modified 747 jumbo jet, SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared...

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