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Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
The Passive Seismic Experiment was the first seismometer placed on the Moon’s surface. It detected lunar "moonquakes" and provided inform...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Designing for, with, and by nature
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space....
Biological neuronal networks are highly complex and interconnected with superior information processing capabilities. Such networks have ...
Public libraries are one of most trusted public institutions in the U.S. and increasingly provide a broad range of education services, ra...
Creating technology for social change
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
A collaboration between CAST visiting artist Thom Kubli, Hiroshi Ishii, and members of the Tangible Media group.
Space Exploration Initiative
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Neil Gaikwad, a third-year PhD student in the Space Enabled research group, has been selected as one of the 2019 Facebook Fellows.
Extending human and computer abilities in sensing, communication, and actuation through signals and networks
Listen to Danielle Wood speak in a new episode of the Stories of Transformation podcast.
If the space industry wants to become more diverse, it must come to terms with how racially motivated decisions shape the country, Wood said
The United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter is the Arab world’s first interplanetary spacecraft — and has jump-started science in the country.
Artists and scientists from MIT united to create "Orbiting," an aerial archive of objects that trace the history of humanity.
When contemplating the future of life in space, we dream not only of rockets and off-world societies, but also of art, of leisure, and fr...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB rel...
We study textiles and nets as a base form for growing infrastructure and allowing reconfigurable sensing on low gravity bodies (for insta...
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratiza...
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagi...
Like too many science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the aerospace sector in the US is populated mainly by white people.
The future of human life outside of Earth will heavily depend on the ability to fabricate and manufacture things. Yet fabrication in spac...
Maggie Coblentz leads research and design on interplanetary gastronomy at the Space Exploration Initiative, where she is developing ...
Maggie Coblentz is developing “The Interplanetary Cookbook”—a collection of speculative recipes, tools for eating, and sensory experience...
Developed by a team of Media Lab researchers, SpaceHuman is a seahorse-inspired additive prosthetic for use in microgravity environments.
Sumini, V., Muccillo, M., Milliken, J., Ekblaw, A. and Paradiso, J., 2020. SpaceHuman: A Soft Robotic Prosthetic For Space Exploration. [online] Dl.acm.org. Available at: <https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3334480.3383087> [Accessed: 11 May 2020]
The Wanderers were unveiled as part of the exhibition: ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D Printing' on display ...
How can we design relationships between the most primitive and the most sophisticated life forms? Can we design wearables embedded with ...
"We, as architects of the built environment, are entering an era where we’re designing for survival.”
"Space belongs to all countries—every country deserves equal opportunities to pursue scientific achievement for societal benefit."
A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study effects of sustained microgravity
The Space Exploration Initiative’s latest research flight explores work and play in zero gravity
When we say we’re “democratizing access to space exploration,” what do we mean?
On an upcoming SpaceX launch (CRS-20), we are launching seven TESSERAE v3 hardware tiles to the International Space Station.
Beyond the Cradle
What are radically sustainable methods for knitting, making and building in the age of the Anthropocene? How can humankind and members of...
At Sundance New Frontiers 2020, Xin Liu and Qinya (Jenny) Guo debuted Living Distance, a VR piece about the journey of Liu’s wisdom tooth.
Living Distance is a mission and a fantasy realized, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again. Carried...
New flavors may evolve as earth foods migrate to outer space. A collaboration between Maggie Coblentz at the MIT Media Lab and Joshua Eva...
A major concern for manned missions is space radiation. Ionizing radiation is known to pose both acute and chronic risks to many organism...
Fermentation in Space: From the Microbiome to the Envirome This research highlights the many opportunities to bring our rich culture...
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design spac...
Humans are headed for the cosmos, and we’re taking our appetites with us. What will fill the void when we leave Earth behind?
Danielle Wood's official testimony from the congressional hearing for the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
A molecular gastronomy experiment was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019, using spherification techniques to create recipes in...
Ariel Ekblaw and Charles Bolden consider the future of human spaceflight.
A consortium established last year to develop a rating to measure how well satellites comply with space sustainability guidelines expects to
Space/Craft explores sculpting in zero gravity. Making artistic works by hand is a fundamentally human act, but how will it transfor...
Mechanical actuators for deployable systems on satellites are often complex, expensive, only designed for a single use, and too large or ...
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial...
In microgravity, the removal of constant loading on the skeleton leads to loss of bone density and muscle mass. In order to counteract th...
The Orbit Weaver Suit for zero gravity was designed by Media Lab Director's Fellow Andrea Lauer in collaboration with ...
In 2015, the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, introduced the concept of the “Moon Village.” Inspired by t...
This mission included participation from several departments at MIT and outside collaborators from across the globe.
The Lut Desert of Iran is one of the most similar regions to Mars. Close to that area, there are vernacular adobe architectures that are ...
Danielle Wood discusses the satellite technology research and other work underway in her Space Enabled research group.
Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellow Prathima Muniyappa uses the transformative power of design to empower marginalized indigenous communities.
Lab on Body, Synthetic Biology, and Bio-Digital Systems for Health and Human Enhancement
Humanity is facing thorny problems on all fronts. These folks are working to solve them—and trying to avoid the unintended consequences.