When baby planets melt

MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.

Laura Carter | School of Science • mit
May 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space solar-system mars mercury research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences astronomy-and-planetary-science venus

How to detect life on Mars

Scientists from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrument team develop method to detect the tiniest traces of life on other planetary bodies.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
June 17, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: dna space biology mars space-exploration research school-of-science planetary-science eaps microchips astronomy-and-planetary-science

MIT celebrates 50th anniversary of historic moon landing

Symposium featuring former astronauts and other Apollo mission luminaries examines the program’s legacy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 15, 2019 ~13 min

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Addressing the possibility of life on Mars

Mars expert John Grotzinger tells the story of exploration and the search for ancient life on the red planet at the annual Carlson Lecture.

Fatima Husain | EAPS • mit
Oct. 31, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: space geology robots nasa mars research school-of-science special-events-and-guest-speakers planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences astronomy-and-planetary-science

Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing | MIT News

Program users can tinker with landing and path planning scenarios to identify optimal landing sites for Mars rovers.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 26, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  space  geology  artificial-intelligence  robots  nasa  mars  research  autonomous-vehicles  school-of-science  algorithms  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  kavli-institute  planetary-science  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  eaps

Networks in aerospace | MIT News

Graduate student Alexa Aguilar helps tiny satellites communicate and builds connections in her academic community.

Bridget E. Begg | Office of Graduate Education • mit
June 22, 2018 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Roger Summons on finding organic matter on Mars | MIT News

Discovery adds to evidence suggesting that Mars was at one time habitable.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 7, 2018 ~5 min

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Mars city living: Designing for the Red Planet | MIT News

A multidisciplinary team of MIT students and postdocs wins an international competition focused on building sustainably on Mars.

Nancy DuVergne Smith | MIT Alumni Association • mit
Oct. 31, 2017 ~4 min

Tags:  sustainability  architecture  mars  design  school-of-architecture-and-planning  school-of-engineering  urban-studies-and-planning  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  contests-and-academic-competitions  system-design-and-management

Commercial space: Can we privatize our way to the stars? | MIT News

Annual conference explores the rise and distant future of the private space industry.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
March 14, 2017 ~11 min

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Rocket woman | MIT News

An LA-area alumna is on board for the new space race.

Meg Murphy | School of Engineering • mit
Feb. 6, 2017 ~4 min

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