Hayes Research Group photo 2018
Hayes Research Group image of team jumping for joy during trip to Mojave desert
Hayes Research Group mosaic image from trip to Mojave desert

Welcome to the Hayes Research Group at Cornell University

Our research focuses on comparative planetology and solar system exploration.

We specialize in the design, calibration, and operation of remote sensing instruments on unmanned planetary spacecraft.

Scientifically, we are interested in the processes that shape planetary surfaces and atmospheres, with particular emphasis on Mars and outer solar system satellites.


Meet the Team

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Alexander Hayes
Dr. Hayes is an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and Director of the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF). His research interests generally focus on the quantitative analysis and modeling of planetary surfaces... read more

TEDx Talk by Dr. Alex Hayes, Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System
"...my passion is to work with scientists and engineers to study and explore our solar system using unmanned spacecraft - there are places with the potential to harbor life right here in our own solar system - we have the capability today, to explore them..."
Cornell Chronicle: Cornell played large scientific role on Cassini mission Cornell played large scientific role on Cassini mission
Cornell researchers helped bring the world Saturn in high resolution. Using the mission's data, the scientists helped to analyze the rings, unveil the icy crust-covered oceans on the moon Enceladus, and divulge plastic "wrong way" dunes, "magic islands" and gnarly hydrocarbon waves on Saturn’s moon, Titan.
Hayes, Kinzler recognized by World Economic Forum Hayes, Kinzler recognized by World Economic Forum
Alexander Hayes... among 52 scientists under the age of 40 named Young Scientists 2017 by the World Economic Forum, which calls those selected "the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world."



Europa Globe

Mars Globe

Titan Globe