Space, astronomy and planetary science
Building a list of Earth candidates
December 14, 2010MIT researchers increase their odds of detecting an Earthlike planet by working on a combination of satellite missions.
3 Questions: Sara Seager on the discovery of a ‘new’ form of life
December 3, 2010The MIT planetary scientist discusses what the finding means for life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.
3 Questions: Richard Binzel on astronomers’ powerful new tool
July 12, 2010Pan-STARRS, a telescope designed to reveal the ‘unexpected surprises’ in our solar system, including possible threats to Earth, just became fully operational.
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.