From the Director


The MIT Kavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research is one of the world's leading institutions for research in astrophysics. MKI combines forty years of expertise in space- and ground-based instrumentation development with the intellectual energy of MIT's faculty, research and technical staff, and students.

MKI has its roots in MIT's Center for Space Research (CSR), founded in 1963.  Following the merger of CSR and the MIT's Division of Astrophysics, a generous gift from the Kavli Foundation established the MIT Kavli Institute.  MKI houses the research program of 37 resident faculty and research staff, and provides an interdisciplinary focus for faculty and students from other Departments with interests in astrophysics.

One of the main strengths of MKI is the technical heritage from a series of flight programs and observatories over several decades.  Space flight programs began in the early 1970's with several satellite missions designed for studies of the sun, the earth's magnetosphere, and astronomical X-ray sources.  More recently, MIT was a major partner in the development and launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.  Two of Chandra's instruments, the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer and the High Energy Transmission Grating, were designed and built at MIT.  MIT is currently part of the Chandra X-ray Center, and other continuing missions are Voyager and the Suzaku X-ray mission.  On the ground, MIT/MKI is a partner in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, the Magellan telescopes, and the Murchison Widefield Array.  If you would like more detailed information regarding our research and milestones, we encourage you to read the History section.

MKI seeks to further understanding in all areas of astrophysics.  We invite you to learn more about us by exploring our website.  Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Jacqueline N. Hewitt
Director