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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, s...
By Rachel Bellisle
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...
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of futur...
MicroPET aims to identify how microorganisms can efficiently degrade plastic waste and produce higher-value plastic materials, a process ...
Overview: How will we build the coming generations of Space Architecture—the modules, space ships, and space stations that will ensc...
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...
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratiza...
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agen...
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific ta...
It is known that prolonged exposure to micro and hyper-gravity induces various acute health risks, such as osteoporosis, skeletal muscle ...
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizen...
A FerroMagnetic Suit For Zero Gravity // Grounding Humans without Gravity
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space....
Gravity Proof is a performance and mission to prepare and cook bread in space. Inspired by ancient recipes and archaeological bread ...
In 2015, the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, introduced the concept of the “Moon Village.” Inspired by t...
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...
We are leveraging current Wireless Sensor Network technology to develop an easily deployable, and inexpensive wireless sensor (LunarWSN) ...
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...
"Autonomous operations are critical for the success, safety, and crew survival of NASA deep space missions beyond low Earth orbit, includ...
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...
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 Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to exp...
An astronaut's ability to leverage the sense of touch is substantially reduced when wearing a protective, pressurized spacesuit. We imagi...
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...
EBIFA (Everything Beautiful Is Far Away) is a crystalline robotic device that carried a tooth to outer space. EBIFA's form and ...
The rapid advancement of electronic devices and fabrication technologies has further promoted the field of wearables and smart textiles. ...
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 ...
A multi-course tasting menu was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019. Five specially crafted dishes were consum...
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu.&nb...
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...
Climate CubeSat Co-Building (C3) The Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative is driven by an effort to democratize the futu...
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...
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...
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...
The Orbit Weaver Suit for zero gravity was designed by Media Lab Director's Fellow Andrea Lauer in collaboration with ...
Lab on Body, Synthetic Biology, and Bio-Digital Systems for Health and Human Enhancement
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...
This project asks, how can we transmit experiences across space and time? The launching point of the project is to create a drawing that ...
Structurally, zero gravity means that we do not have to contend with architecture's greatest arch-nemesis, gravity. This opens up a new w...
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 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 ...
Each new technology forces us to confront who we are as humans. As technological innovations in deep space exploration keep advanci...
Expansion microscopy (ExM) is a new imaging modality developed by MIT Media Lab's Synthetic Neurobiology group. ExM allows biomolecules t...
The brain uses space to index, organize, and retrieve memories. However, our sense of space depends on our perception of gravity. We...