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Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagine…
Q+A sessions on two research projects with contributors from MIT and the Media Lab will be livestreamed from the ISS on May 26 and May 28.
Digital Learning + Collaboration Studio
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
The Axiom Mission 2 launch will carry a variety of research from the MIT Media Lab to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 21, 2023
The MAD Fellowship is an opportunity for MIT grad students to propose a research-oriented or personal design project.
Space Exploration Initiative
The HUMANS nanowafer, an MIT Space Exploration Initiative student-led project, will travel to the ISS this month, and later to the moon.
On StarTalk, Dr. Ariel Ekblaw talks about her work with the Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) and the Aurelia Institute.
Media Lab's Ariel Ekblaw talks to Inverse about the questions and the philosophies that drive her work with SEI and the Aurelia Institute.
Supported by the Space Exploration Initiative, the student-run HUMANS project aims to increase global representation in space.
We present the "MicroPET" mission, consisting of an autonomous payload for enzymatic reactions and microbial cultivation with fully program…
Extending expression, learning, and health through innovations in musical composition, performance, and participation
Invent new tangible and embodied interactions that inspire and engage people
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of the …
Beyond the Cradle
SEI Analog Environments StudyProject OverviewThe way humans engage with space has changed rapidly over the past 60 years, moving from a mod…
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Public libraries are one of most trusted public institutions in the U.S. and increasingly provide a broad range of education services, rang…
A collaboration with researchers from the Space Exploration Initiative is investigating biological processes to upcycle plastics.
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gravi…
Four Emmy nominees in this year’s Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary category feature MIT students, faculty, and alumni.
Dent the Future organizes annual 2022 science and tech panels featuring Sana Sharma.
Somayajulu Dhulipala, Manwei Chan. Agrifuge: An exploration of controlled irrigation methods for a rotating plant habitat. IAC-22, Paris, France. IAC-22,A2,3,4,x69080.
S. Sharma, N. Klop-Packel, A. Ekblaw, “The Astronaut Ethnography Web Project: Insights from First-Person Accounts of Space.” AC-22,E1,9,19,x68611, 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Paris, France, 18-22 September 2022.
In an interview, Ariel Ekblaw discusses the democratization of access to space and what it means for the future of space stations.
MLK Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars will enhance and enrich the MIT community through engagement with students and faculty.
Be inspired by Rohit Prasad, SVP and Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon, Tye Brady, Chief Technologist, Amazon Robotics, Dilip Kumar, VP, Phy…
Structurally, zero gravity means that we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity. This opens up a new wor…
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle at…
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ne…
Committee members provide information, advice and recommendations to the FAA and DOT.
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket propel…
Spacecraft wrapped in sensor-rich electronic textiles could double as scientific instruments
"Autonomous operations are critical for the success, safety, and crew survival of NASA deep space missions beyond low Earth orbit, includin…
New flavors may evolve as earth foods migrate to outer space. A collaboration between Maggie Coblentz at the MIT Media Lab and Joshua Evans…
The Scratch Team invited young people from around the world to create Scratch projects designed specifically to be played in zero grav…
Orbital debris consists of human-made objects orbiting Earth that no longer serve a purpose.
A panel of experts, including SEI director Ariel Ekblaw, discusses the history, culture, science, and future of NASA's Artemis program
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agency…
Creating technology for social change
Designing for, with, and by nature
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The Space Exploration Initiative charters an annual ZERO-G parabolic flight for 14-15 projects and 25 researchers across MIT Media Lab, sev…
The artist and MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative Arts curator makes work that explores why the seemingly impossible is possible.
Neil Gaikwad, a PhD student in the Space Enabled research group, has been selected as one of the 2019 Facebook Fellows.
More ocean data has been collected in the last two years than in all previous years combined, and we are on a path to continue to break tha…
In MIT Spectrum, Gladys Ngetich of the Space Enabled research group discusses her passion for math and physics and her road to MIT.
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Ariel Ekblaw talks about the TESSERAE project, which was tested on the Space Station during the recent Axiom Space AX-1 mission.
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will enscon…
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both refle…
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
This project seeks to examine the effects of altered gravity on an individual’s physiology during parabolic flight. Specifically, we will c…
The TESSERAE project, a design for self-assembling space structures and habitats, has sent prototypes to the International Space Station.
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratizati…
Faculty leaders highlight innovations that can close longstanding knowledge gaps and reimagine how the world responds to the climate crisis.
Ariel Ekblaw talks about leading the Space Exploration Initiative, self-assembling space architecture, science fiction, + long-term thinking
The Wanderers were unveiled as part of the exhibition: ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D Printing' on display a…
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific task…
Self-reconfiguring ElectroVoxels use embedded electromagnets to test applications for space exploration.
Space Exploration Initiative director Ariel Ekblaw speaks with WIRED’s Ramin Skibba about the beginning and future of space tourism.