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 | Sept. 26, 2018
~9 mins |

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

Professor Emeritus Bernard Burke, astrophysics pioneer, dies at 90 | MIT News

Former Astrophysics Division chair discovered radio noise from Jupiter and the first Einstein Ring, and developed tools to map the universe.

Sandi Miller | Department of Physics | Sept. 24, 2018
~12 mins |

Tags:  faculty  obituaries  physics  astronomy  astrophysics  planetary-science  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  school-of-science  kavli-institute

3Q: A bold mission to touch the sun | MIT News

MIT’s John Belcher discusses the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, which will fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 13, 2018
~6 mins |

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Taylor Perron named EAPS associate department head | MIT News

Expert in landscape evolution will build upon the work of outgoing associate department head Tim Grove, supporting the EAPS education mission.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS | July 19, 2018
~6 mins |

Tags:  faculty  administration  eaps  earth-and-atmospheric-sciences  geology  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  school-of-science  education  education-teaching-academics

Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding? | MIT News

Signals from rare black hole-neutron star pairs could pinpoint rate at which universe is growing, researchers say.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 12, 2018
~9 mins |

Tags:  astronomy  astrophysics  black-holes  kavli-institute  ligo  physics  research  school-of-science  space  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  national-science-foundation-nsf

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 | June 22, 2018
~8 mins |

Tags:  students  graduate-postdoctoral  profile  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  satellites  nasa  mars  school-of-engineering  women  women-in-stem  diversity-and-inclusion  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science

Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time | MIT News

Search considered successful “dress rehearsal” for exoplanet hunter TESS.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 20, 2018
~7 mins |

Tags:  research  astronomy  kavli-institute  nasa  physics  planetary-science  satellites  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science  national-science-foundation-nsf

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 | June 7, 2018
~5 mins |

Tags:  eaps  geology  biology  mars  nasa  planetary-science  research  school-of-science  space  space-astronomy-and-planetary-science

TESS takes initial test image | MIT News

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

School of Science | May 18, 2018
~3 mins |

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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 | May 3, 2018
~7 mins |

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