Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astronomers may want to look at planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

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TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet

Orbiting a nearby star, the new planet is the smallest identified so far by the TESS mission.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 16, 2019 ~6 min

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Robert Simcoe named director of MIT Kavli Institute

An expert in instrumentation and early universe observations, Simcoe succeeds Jacqueline Hewitt as head of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

School of Science • mit
Jan. 10, 2019 ~3 min

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Jacqueline Hewitt to step down as director of the MIT Kavli Institute

Physics professor brought leadership, resources, and an intellectual focus to the MIT astrophysics faculty and research staff during 15 years at the helm.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science • mit
Nov. 29, 2018 ~7 min

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Julien de Wit and TRAPPIST-1 science team receive NASA award | MIT News

Assistant professor in EAPS and colleagues from the University of Liège were honored for groundbreaking planetary system discovery.

EAPS • mit
Sept. 6, 2018 ~2 min

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TESS takes initial test image | MIT News

Exoplanet-seeking satellite developed by MIT swings by moon toward final orbit.

School of Science • mit
May 18, 2018 ~3 min

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Ushering in the next phase of exoplanet discovery | MIT News

Professor Sara Seager previews a new era of discovery as a leader of the TESS mission, which is expected to find some 20,000 extrasolar planets.

Lauren Hinkel | Oceans at MIT • mit
May 3, 2018 ~7 min

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TESS readies for takeoff | MIT News

Satellite developed by MIT aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 12, 2018 ~15 min

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EAPS welcomes Heising-Simons fellow Ian Wong | MIT News

The 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship provides junior scientists the opportunity to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.

Helen Hill | EAPS • mit
Feb. 7, 2018 ~7 min

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