3Q: Don Boroson on NASA’s record-breaking use of laser communications
October 28, 2013Lincoln Laboratory efforts could enable the space agency to significantly change the scope and design of future scientific space missions.
Q&A: John Richardson and John Belcher on Voyager 1’s crossing and interstellar exploration
September 16, 2013Beyond the solar system, a probe launched in 1977 is likely to find a cold, dense sea of cosmic rays.
Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling
September 4, 2013Simulations predict safest path for rovers to travel.
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.
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.
MIT-developed ‘microthrusters’ could propel small satellites
August 16, 2012As small as a penny, these thrusters run on jets of ion beams.