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

Alexander Hayes
Dr. Hayes is an Assistant 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..."
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."
Planetary Radio: Sailing the Canyons of Titan
New images from Cassini reveal grand canyons filled with liquid methane on Saturn's Moon. Listen to Planetary Radio Sailing the Canyons of Titan, with Special Guest Alexander Hayes.
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Cornell Researchers Selected for Europa Science Teams
Jonathan I. Lunine and Alexander Hayes, Cornell Univ. professors, and Marco Mastrogiuseppe, research associate, have been selected to be a part of the mission to Europa, which would launch in the 2020s.
Alex Hayes to Receive the 2016 Zeldovich Medal
Cornell Astronomer Alex Hayes will receive the Zeldovich Medal in Commission B (planets) from COSPAR and the Russian Academy of Sciences for excellence and achievement in his research. The award will be presented at the 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly being held on August 1st in Istanbul, Turkey.



Europa Globe

Mars Globe

Titan Globe