MIT astronomers discover new galaxy clusters hiding in plain sight

Lesson learned from the CHiPS survey must inform future cluster searches, researchers say.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
March 26, 2021 ~6 min

New image sheds light on energy jets from black holes

A new picture that showcases the magnetic fields of a black hole will help us understand more about the massive energy jets they can fire off into space.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~5 min

Astronomers image magnetic fields at the edge of M87’s black hole

New image of M87 reveals how it looks in polarized light.

MIT Haystack Observatory • mit
March 24, 2021 ~10 min

Bill Nelson: Former astronaut and senator nominated as Nasa chief

Bill Nelson, 78, is a former astronaut and senator with a long history of working on space issues.

March 20, 2021 ~5 min

SLS: Successful test for world's most powerful rocket

Engineers have carried out a major engine test of Nasa's Space Launch System.

March 18, 2021 ~4 min

Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules

Discovery may offer clues to carbon’s role in planet and star formation.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 18, 2021 ~8 min

Put a cryogenic ‘ark’ in the moon’s lava tubes?

Researchers propose a "lunar ark" that would store cryogenically frozen seed, spore, sperm, and egg samples from 6.7 million Earth species.

Emily Dieckman-Arizona • futurity
March 18, 2021 ~8 min

Astronauts on Mars missions could suffer cognitive and emotional problems – new research

High levels of cognitive performance and effective teamwork are crucial to long-duration space missions.

Elisa Raffaella Ferrè, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway • conversation
March 17, 2021 ~6 min

Meteorite hunters: how we found the first bit of UK space rock in over 30 years

The hunt for the space rock involved a few bits of sheep poo before the real meteorite was found.

Annemarie Pickersgill, Research associate in meteorite impacts, University of Glasgow • conversation
March 16, 2021 ~8 min

Mars: Vast amount of water may be locked up on planet

Experts suggest much of the water Mars once had is now locked up in minerals.

March 16, 2021 ~2 min