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Sophomore Antara Sen researched asteroid 101955 Bennu with NASA throughout the spring and summer. Pictured is a region of Bennu close to its north pole, showing the day and night sides of the asteroid.

Q&A: IC student conducts research with NASA

By Deena Houissa, Contributing Writer September 21, 2020
Sophomore Antara Sen conducted research with NASA over the last nine months, findings that will be published in a paper she is co-authoring.
Hidden Figures is the true story of Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), three black women who defied workplace norms to work at NASA on the Atlas Rocket.

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ flawlessly navigates societal issues

By Colin Barrett, Staff Writer February 22, 2017
"Hidden Figures" balance the intensity of segregation with humor from the three lead actresses to create an accessible piece of social commentary.
In 2008, Beth Ellen Clark Joseph was chosen to work on NASAs OSIRIS-REx mission, which will study and take samples from the asteroid Bennu.

Q&A: Ithaca College professor joins NASA space mission

By Celisa Calacal, Opinion Editor September 14, 2016
Physics and astronomy professor Beth Ellen Clark Joseph is working as the mission asteroid scientist on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission.

An open letter to President Tom Rochon

By Native American Student Association December 9, 2014
While some institutions provide outreach to Native students, the retention rates are diminishing due to a lack of awareness and failure to implement programs that integrate Native students into a predominately white institution.
Commentary: Recent spacecraft landings may shed more light on Mars and its atmosphere

Commentary: Recent spacecraft landings may shed more light on Mars and its atmosphere

October 7, 2014

Late last month, the inhabitants of Mars welcomed two new arrivals. The newcomers are NASA’s MAVEN and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s MOM — pronounced “M.O.M.,” not “mom.” They...

College and City: Jan. 30

January 29, 2014
TEDx to come to Ithaca and feature student talks, U.S. Senator of New York to visit Ithaca College, and more.

This week a good one for celestial sights all over

By Amanda Hutchinson, Contributing Writer May 5, 2013
While everyone is enjoying the nice weather that finally decided to come to Ithaca, it’s also important that we remember to take advantage of the warm nights to catch some of the celestial events this year. The two main events this week won’t be easily seen from here, one due to skyglow and the other…

Private cargo rocket test launches successfully

By Amanda Hutchinson, Contributing Writer April 21, 2013
Since the ending of the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has turned to private companies to begin delivering cargo – and eventually astronauts – to the International Space Station. California-based SpaceX and D.C.-based Orbital Sciences have collectively received $3.5 billion from the space agency to send supplies to the ISS. Today, Orbital Sciences successfully…

NASA unveils new planet hunt, accelerates asteroid landing plans

By Amanda Hutchinson, Contributing Writer April 7, 2013
Despite the drop in federal funding this year, NASA has some upcoming programming that will give life to the administration and American space exploration. Curiosity, Opportunity, and the Voyager spacecrafts are alive and well, but NASA announced plans for a planet-searching satellite and an ISS experiment to study neutron stars this weekend. Earlier this week,…

Voyager 1 still in solar system… for now

By Amanda Hutchinson, Contributing Writer March 21, 2013
Anyone on Twitter today and yesterday may have seen the myriad tweets about Voyager 1 finally leaving the solar system 35 years after its launch. Despite the studies released that confirmed this, scientists in the program said that it can’t be confirmed that it has indeed left. Voyager 1, along with its sister craft Voyager…

NASA search for life continues through budget cuts

By Amanda Hutchinson, Contributing Writer February 28, 2013
Despite having been placed on the governmental back burner due to lack of funding, NASA and its work in space research has continued to be a hot topic. For the 2012 fiscal year, the space administration was allotted $17.8 billion in government funding, $648 million less than the previous year. This budget cut was largely…
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