Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling
September 4, 2013Simulations predict safest path for rovers to travel.
An answer to why our galaxy’s black hole is a finicky eater
August 29, 2013Researchers find material ejects itself before black hole can devour it.
NASA discusses next manned spacecraft with visiting high school students
July 24, 2013Participants in Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science, Women's Technology Program, and Interphase Edge hear insiders' perspective on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
An answer to a lunar mystery: Why is the moon’s gravity so uneven?
May 30, 2013Simulations based on GRAIL data show how gravitational anomalies developed early in lunar history.
Shedding light on the search for dark matter
April 10, 2013Physicists and astronaut discuss cosmic ray detector’s findings of possible signs of dark matter.
NASA selects MIT-led TESS project for 2017 mission
April 5, 2013$200 million project will launch telescopes to perform full-sky search for transiting exoplanets.
Mapping the early history of the moon
March 7, 2013In 41st annual Killian Lecture, Maria Zuber describes looking deep into the moon’s interior to chart its early history.
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