Junior studies planet formation at Cornell nanoscale facilityMahiro Abe ‘20 came to Cornell with a passion for astronomy and cosmology. Thanks to an Arts & Sciences Tanner Dean’s Scholar Grant, he is conducting research this summer at the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF) to help develop instruments that can be used to trace regions of star formation and understand the process of planet formation.
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The Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS) was founded in 1959 as the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, by Cornell professor Thomas Gold (1920-2004). Renamed in 2015, CCAPS 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, CCAPS administers research grants and contracts across several Cornell Departments.