The Center for Space Technology and Research (C-STAR) organizes, integrates, and facilitates Georgia Tech's space science and technology research activities. C-STAR brings together a wide range of Georgia Tech faculty who are active in space-related research and functions as a focal point for the growth of the space industry in the state of Georgia. C-STAR personnel are advancing the frontiers of astrophysics, Earth science, planetary science, robotics, space policy, space technology, and space systems engineering. C-STAR was established in 2013 and is led by Robert D. Braun (director) and Thomas Orlando (associate director). C-STAR is actively engaged in partnerships with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Georgia Department of Economic Development Center of Innovation for Aerospace, and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.

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  • Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens? 

    Consolmagno, Bro. Guy (2018-04-12)
    Why did we go to the Moon? Why does the Vatican support an astronomical observatory? These questions mask a deeper question: why do individuals choose to spend their lives in pursuit of pure knowledge? The motivation ...
  • Going Out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale 

    Spilker, Linda (2017-02-22)
    The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment. Cassini’s Grand Finale begins in April ...
  • Why We Explore? 

    Crocker, James H. (2015-11-18)
    We explore because exploration has been written in the human heart. The exploration of space is mankind’s greatest adventure. Today, given the social and environmental needs of the world, how can the existence of space ...
  • Understanding Particles and Fields Throughout the Solar System 

    Baker, Daniel (2015-10-07)
    Even before the official dawn of the Space Age – that is, before the launch of the Sputnik and Explorer spacecraft in 1957-1958 – many investigators around the world were engaged in space physics research. Using sounding ...
  • Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet 

    Squyres, Steven W. (2015-04-13)
    Steve Squyres is the face and voice of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. Squyres dreamed up the mission in 1987, saw it through from conception in 1995 to a successful landing in 2004, and serves as the principal ...
  • The Voyager Spacecraft after 37 Years in Space: The Quest for Traveling beyond our Solar System 

    Krimigis, Stamatios (2015-01-12)
    The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Although the primary mission was completed in 1989, these spacecraft are expected to obtain useful interplanetary, and possibly ...