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Space Exploration Initiative
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both ref...
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of th...
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space....
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Gravity Proof is a performance and mission to prepare and cook bread in space. Inspired by ancient recipes and archaeological bread ...
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle ...
A proof of concept demonstration for a voxel-based reconfigurable space structure based on electromagnetically actuated picosatellites. I...
This research highlights opportunities to bring the rich culture of Earth-based fermentation practices to space to design beneficial appl...
The Interplanetary Gastronomy research aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in...
Our journeys off-world have taught us just as much about humanity as the harsh environment of space. For the past 20 years, we have had a...
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Living in space could have significant physical and mental impacts on astronauts. Wearables have the potential to play a critical role in...
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket prop...
The Space Exploration Initiative supports research across and beyond MIT in two microgravity flights this spring.
Ever wish you could toss your folded up tent and have it self-assemble mid-air? Well...you can. In a zero gravity environment.Self ...
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gra...
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food ...
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surv...
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Ante...
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propell...
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar ...
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activitie...
By Rachel BellisleThe Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronauts that has ...
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
The Space Sustainability RatingNews Updates!The Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the Europe...
The Space Exploration Initiative charters an annual ZERO-G parabolic flight for 14-15 projects and 25 researchers across MIT Media Lab, s...
The projects on board the Media Lab's first suborbital rocket flight
How might zero gravity space affect silk spinning, and what benefits might such material properties provide for digital fabrication and a...
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratiza...
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial...
The Interplanetary Cookbook, developed by Maggie Coblentz, presents thought-provoking recipes and zero-g kitchenware for the future of li...
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...
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...
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
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...
The future of human life outside of Earth will heavily depend on the ability to fabricate and manufacture things. Yet fabrication in spac...
Developed by a team of Media Lab researchers, SpaceHuman is a seahorse-inspired additive prosthetic for use in microgravity environments.
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
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...
A molecular gastronomy experiment was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019, using spherification techniques to create recipes in...
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 ...
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 ...
Hairstyles, musical instruments and gardening all change in zero gravity, scientist Sands Fish says.
Ariel Ekblaw presented designs for self-assembling architecture to create habitats for people living and working in low-gravity environments
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and durin...
For decades, the International Space Station (ISS) has operated as a bastion of international cooperation and a unique testbed for microg...
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing technology for a day when amateur astronauts travel into orbit.
Structurally, zero gravity means that we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity. This opens up a new w...
Imagine a physical object that floats through the air, unconstrained by gravity, which can move freely to display the motion of a planet ...
Gravity anchors all existence on Earth.It pulls a chaotic world to one single point in every moment of life. Even though gravity is every...
The Telemetron was created in response to a call from the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative.
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology stories of the week.
This project seeks to examine the effects of altered gravity on an individual’s physiology during parabolic flight. Specifically, we will...
Xin Liu discusses the Space Exploration Initiative's upcoming arts exhibition at Ars Electronica
Reimagining research for life in space
The Scratch Team invited young people from around the world to create Scratch projects designed specifically to be played in zero gr...
The widespread synthesis of common organic building blocks in space could have biased life beyond Earth towards chemical similarities to ...
Can we enable social connectivity between astronauts and people on Earth through an embodied agent?Astronauts actively communicate with t...
Each new technology forces us to confront who we are as humans. As technological innovations in deep space exploration keep advanci...