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Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Prof Dava Newman fields listeners' questions about climate change and introduces EarthDNA, a platform for climate advocacy and action.
Designing systems for cognitive enhancement
Space Exploration Initiative
Read the new MIT Space Policy Compendium led by Dava Newman with co-authors including Ariel Ekblaw and Danielle Wood.
Maggie Coblentz is developing “The Interplanetary Cookbook”—a collection of speculative recipes, tools for eating, and sensory experience...
Taking a taste of the sensory research of Space Exploration Initiative’s Maggie Coblentz
A multi-course tasting menu was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019. Five specially crafted dishes were consum...
Special Announcement: Call for Letters of Intent to Operate the Space Sustainability RatingThe Consortium Designing the Space Sustainabi...
Digital Learning & Collaboration Studio
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Space Enabled research group, has been selected as one of the 2019 Facebook Fellows.
Ovienmhada, U (2020). Earth Observation Technology Applied to Environmental
Management: A Case Study in Benin, Thesis for Master of Science in Media Arts & Sciences. MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Fabric samples are headed to the ISS for resiliency testing; possible applications include cosmic dust detectors or spacesuit smart skins.
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space....
Space research, led by a diverse team of women scientists, will be presented at this year's AIAA Ascend Conference.
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu.&nb...
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future...
The MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative is pushing the boundaries of space exploration innovation across the Media Lab’s many heal...
In December of 1968, the first human voyage to the moon catapulted the population of Earth into a new era of space exploration and self-r...
How might zero gravity space affect silk spinning, and what benefits might such material properties provide for digital fabrication and a...
Climate CubeSat Co-Building (C3) The Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative is driven by an effort to democratize the futu...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
Innovation dynamics of emerging co-creation practices: What are the impacts on inclusion?
The Space Exploration Initiative charters an annual ZERO-G parabolic flight for 14-15 projects and 25 researchers across MIT Media Lab, s...
EBIFA (Everything Beautiful Is Far Away) is a crystalline robotic device that carried a tooth to outer space. EBIFA's form and ...
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Biological neuronal networks are highly complex and interconnected with superior information processing capabilities. Such networks have ...
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ...
Tom Standage and Seth Stevenson talk to a range of experts about what Victorian-era polar exploration can teach us about space travel.
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Designing for, with, and by nature
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...
A collaboration between CAST visiting artist Thom Kubli, Hiroshi Ishii, and members of the Tangible Media group.
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...
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 ...
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
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.
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...
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.