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
~7 mins   

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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
~15 mins   

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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
~6 mins   

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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
~13 mins   

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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
~8 mins   

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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
~11 mins   

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MIT’s REXIS and Bennu’s watery surface

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample-return spacecraft, carrying MIT instrument, arrived at asteroid in December; now begins the science to select a sampling location.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS | Jan. 29, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet

Measurements indicate a dense, gaseous, “sub-Neptune” world, three times the size of Earth.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 7, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Tiny satellites could be “guide stars” for huge next-generation telescopes

Researchers design CubeSats with lasers to provide steady reference light for telescopes investigating distant planets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 4, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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