Space, astronomy and planetary science
In the search for Earthlike exoplanets, GJ 436b has much to tell us
April 21, 2010First detailed analysis of the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet reveals surprisingly low methane levels, presents "new territory" for researching planets outside our solar system
3 Questions: David Mindell on Obama’s NASA proposal
February 5, 2010MIT space researcher predicts that if adopted, Obama’s proposed budget and policy will lead to more joint human-robotic space exploration
Levitating magnet brings space physics to fusion
January 25, 2010Tests on a machine that mimics a planet’s magnetic field show that it may offer an ‘alternative path’ to taming nuclear fusion for power generation.
Jacqueline Hewitt reappointed Kavli Institute director
January 22, 2010
Mass High Tech names Newman among "Women to Watch"
January 22, 2010
Professor Young gives Portuguese students a glimpse into future Mars missions
January 15, 2010MIT Professor and former astronaut Laurence R. Young recently traveled to Lisbon to describe possible future Mars missions to an overflow crowd at a Lisbon high school, on behalf of an MIT Portugal Program outreach project.
Team predicts satellite could locate hundreds of Earth-sized planets
January 12, 2010Researchers say proposed satellite could represent astronomy’s ‘next big leap’ — one that may help find signs of life elsewhere in the universe.
John Holdren keynote at AeroAstro Giant Leaps
January 12, 2010The next 'Giant Leaps' in energy, environment and air transportation
Reporter’s Notebook: Where do we go from here?
December 16, 2009At MIT forum, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine and other aerospace experts discuss the future of human spaceflight.
John Harrington PhD '58, first director of the MIT Center for Space Research, dies at 90
December 15, 2009
Astronaut and orthopedic surgeon Bobby Satcher tweets his NASA mission
November 30, 2009The shuttle Atlantis brought seven astronauts including Robert Satcher ’86, PhD ’93, an orthopedic surgeon who tweeted through space, back to Earth on Nov. 27, after a 11-day NASA mission to stock the International Space Station.
3 Questions: Sara Seager on searching for Earth-like planets
November 23, 2009MIT planetary scientist discusses projects that aim to discover distant planets similar to our own, and what we can learn when we find them
Asteroids honor and motivate young scientists
October 6, 2009Since 2001, MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Ceres Connection program, in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union, has celebrated more than 1,500 science fair winners by naming minor planets in their honor.
3 questions: Ben Weiss discusses what a wet moon might mean
September 29, 2009The planetary scientist explores the implications of the recent discovery of water on the lunar surface.