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

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3 Questions: MIT goes interstellar with Voyager 2

MIT Kavli's John Richardson describes MIT's role in the historic passing of the Voyager 2 craft past the heliopause and into the interstellar medium.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2018 ~4 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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Rivers on three worlds tell different tales | MIT News

Study finds history of Titan’s landscape resembles that of Mars, not Earth

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2017 ~8 min

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Pluto’s icy, slushy heart | MIT News

Data from New Horizons mission suggest a water-ice ocean lies beneath Pluto’s heart-shaped basin.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 16, 2016 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Richard Binzel on what we've learned so far from New Horizons | MIT News

Professor Richard Binzel, NASA New Horizons scientist, describes a year of discovery since the spacecraft's historic 2015 Pluto encounter.

Helen Hill | EAPS • mit
July 14, 2016 ~4 min

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Researchers trace Mercury’s origins to rare meteorite | MIT News

Experiments show planet cooled dramatically in half a billion years.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 27, 2016 ~8 min

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A twist on planetary origins | MIT News

New study finds meteorites were byproducts of planetary formation, not building blocks.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 14, 2015 ~8 min

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