Students take control of satellites on the International Space Station
January 15, 2013200 high-school students participate in MIT’s annual Zero Robotics competition.
GRAIL reveals a battered lunar history
December 5, 2012Twin spacecraft create a highly detailed gravity map of the moon, finding an interior pulverized by early impacts.
Scientists discover water ice on Mercury
November 29, 2012Ice and organic material may have been carried to the planet by passing comets.
A burst of activity in the middle of the Milky Way
November 6, 2012Researchers detect the brightest flare ever observed in our galaxy’s black hole.
Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid
October 25, 2012With 20 years’ notice, paint pellets could cause an asteroid to veer off course.
Department snapshot: Aeronautics and Astronautics
October 2, 2012AeroAstro takes off in new directions — prompting a 50 percent spike in new undergraduate enrollments.
NASA-JPL director Charles Elachi talks about latest Mars mission
September 18, 2012Curiosity is the most ambitious planetary rover mission ever, but it’s just one of the many exploratory projects JPL is undertaking.
River networks on Titan point to a puzzling geologic history
July 19, 2012Findings suggest the surface of Saturn’s largest moon may have undergone a recent transformation.
Said and Done for June/July 2012
July 16, 2012Digest of MIT humanities, arts and social sciences
Explained: Near-miss asteroids
June 28, 2012What to do in the event of an asteroid streaking toward Earth? Activate the asteroid ‘fire drill.’
Mysterious electron acceleration explained
February 27, 2012Computer simulation identifies source of aurora-causing high-speed electrons in space
Robots go head to head, 250 miles above Earth
January 25, 2012Third annual Zero Robotics competition pits robots against each other on the International Space Station.
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From Earth to the Moon
January 6, 2012MIT-led GRAIL mission enters lunar obit
MIT professor, former astronaut Hoffman named to NSBRI Board of Directors
December 29, 2011