Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
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For first time, astronomers catch asteroid in the act of changing color

Asteroid is likely shedding reddish dust, revealing a fresh, blue surface beneath.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 29, 2019 | mit
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Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

Study reports on search for an atmosphere around a planet somewhat similar to ours.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 29, 2019 | mit
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Behind the scenes of the Apollo mission at MIT

From making the lunar landings possible to interpreting the meaning of the moon rocks, the Institute was a vital part of history.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 18, 2019 | mit
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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 | April 16, 2019 | mit
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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 | March 15, 2019 | mit
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Microgravity research after the International Space Station

Researchers say new facilities in space should be available to scientists from any country.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | March 12, 2019 | mit
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From the Marines to MIT

Brent Minchew has flown presidents and foreign dignitaries on Marine One. Today he studies how ice sheets evolve and respond to changing climate.

Kelsey Tsipis | EAPS | Feb. 8, 2019 | mit
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