Center for Radiophysics and Space Research (CRSR)
Founded in 1959 by Cornell professor Thomas Gold (1920-2004), CRSR fosters cooperative research among astronomers, engineers, geologists and other researchers with specialties relevant to space sciences. Connected to and contained within the Department of Astronomy, CRSR administers research grants and contracts across several Cornell Departments. CRSR personnel are involved in research with a variety of ground- and space-based facilities including Arecibo, Mt. Palomar observatory, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory, Cassini-Huygens at Saturn, Juno to Jupiter, Spitzer Space Telescope, SOFIA the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, LRO the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Dawn to Vesta and Ceres, and New Horizons to Pluto. CRSR scientists also conduct extensive theoretical investigations in cosmology, general relativity, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, plasma astrophysics, stellar and black hole astrophysics, planetary physics and chemistry, exoplanets, and astrobiology. With development of new space missions and ground-based facilities such as the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope (CCAT), CRSR will continue to provide the Department of Astronomy with organizational support for cutting-edge astronomical research.
Director: Jonathan Lunine
Associate Director: Mary Mulvanerton
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