The varied surface suggests a dynamic history, which could include metallic eruptions, asteroid-shaking impacts, and a lost rocky mantle.
A new technique can safely guide an autonomous robot without knowledge of its environmental conditions or the size, shape, or location of obstacles it might encounter.
The TESSERAE project, a design for self-assembling space structures and habitats, has sent prototypes to the International Space Station.
Among thousands of known exoplanets, MIT astronomers flag three that are actually stars.
Over more than three decades at MIT, Binzel developed key insights into the solar system and played a role in multiple NASA missions.
The planet’s night side likely hosts iron clouds, titanium rain, and winds that dwarf Earth’s jetstream.
John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Award for Space Exploration honors project team’s success harvesting a sample from asteroid Bennu.
A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.
A new study shows it’s theoretically possible. The hypothesis could be tested soon with proposed Venus-bound missions.
Report led by MIT scientists details a suite of privately-funded missions to hunt for life on Earth's sibling planet.
Marcos Berríos ’06, Christina Birch PhD ’15, and Christopher Williams PhD ’12 make up a third of the 2021 NASA astronaut candidate class.
The boiling new world, which zips around its star at ultraclose range, is among the lightest exoplanets found to date.
A newly discovered “ultrahot Jupiter” has the shortest orbit of any known gas giant.
Co-Investigator Scientist Professor Richard Binzel discusses NASA’s latest interplanetary mission, which is co-led by Cathy Olkin ’88, PhD ’96.