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MIT's Man Vehicle Laboratory turns 50

Founded in 1962, MIT’s Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The laboratory — housed within the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space…

Robert J. Butler, former design research engineer at MIT, dies at 89

Robert J. Butler, a former MIT mechanical engineer who helped design and prepare a number of exploratory spacecraft launched by NASA, died on Sept. 14 at his home…

Student-built instrument headed to asteroid and back

Who can say they’ve been to an asteroid and back? In 2023, more than 50 MIT students may claim this feat, at least through the activities of a…

3 Questions: MIT goes interstellar with Voyager 2

NASA announced today that the Voyager 2 spacecraft, some 11 billion miles from home, crossed the heliopause, the boundary between the bubble of space governed…

Building a list of Earth candidates

The possibility of discovering a planet that is small, cool, rocky, orbiting a sunlike star and able to host life — an Earth twin, in other words —…

Unraveling black hole spin

Scattered throughout every galaxy are black holes, regions that gobble up matter and energy. Although we can’t see black holes, scientists can infer their size, location and other…

School of Science honors research staff with 2016 Infinite Kilometer Awards

The MIT School of Science has announced the 2016 winners of the Infinite Kilometer Award. The Infinite Kilometer Award was established in 2012 to highlight and reward the…

Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large committees of scientists and engineers. These committees typically spend several…

Pluto’s icy, slushy heart

Beneath Pluto’s “heart” lies a cold, slushy ocean of water ice, according to data from NASA’s New Horizons mission. In a paper published today in the journal Nature,…