Alexander G. Hayes

Assistant Professor
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

412 Space Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 793-7531

Alexander G. Hayes

Assistant Professor
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise
Solar system exploration using uncrewed planetary spacecraft

Current Research Interest
Characterizing potentially habitable environments across the solar system, with a focus on the ocean worlds Titan, Enceladus, and Europa, as well the relic ocean world of Mars and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn; Mars Exploration Rovers; Mars Science Laboratory; Mars 2020 Rover; Europa Clipper spacecraft missions; mission concepts including the CAESAR comet sample return and Dragonfly Titan rotorcraft missions currently under Phase A study for NASA’s New Frontiers 4 mission opportunity

Distinction
World Economic Forum Young Scientist Award
Committee on Space Research Zeldovich Medial
American Geophysical Union Ronald Greeley Early Career Award
Sigma Xi Young Scholar Procter Prize
NASA Early Career Fellow
NASA Group Achievement Awards (MER/MSL/Cassini)

Selected Publications
Hayes, Alexander G., Ralph D. Lorenz, and Jonathan I. Lunine. “A Post-Cassini View of Titan’s Methane-Based Hydrologic Cycle.” Nature Geosience 11 (2018): 306-313.   

Hayes, Alexander G. “The Lakes and Seas of Titan.” Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 44 (2016): 57-83.

Cornell Research Website Article
Saturn’s Moon, Titan: An Explorer’s Utopia