The crew of HERA Campaign 5, Mission 2, courtesy of NASA.

Practicing for a voyage to Mars

If you want to make the long voyage to Mars, you first have to train and rehearse, and MIT alumnus Barret Schlegelmilch SM ’18, MBA ’18 is doing just that. He recently commanded a 45-day practice mission living and working with three other would-be astronauts in a cramped simulated spaceship.
Kavya Manyapu SM ’10 and Celena Dopart SM ’14 standing in front of a shuttle

For These Engineers, Starliner’s Crew Is Top Priority

Both Manyapu and Dopart, a human factors systems engineer, have logged countless hours developing Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The spacecraft will be used to access low Earth orbit and travel to the International Space Station.
This illustration of a "super-Earth" represents the type of planet that the TESS mission aims to find outside our solar system.

Computing and the search for new planets

Researchers are already expanding beyond traditional applications of computer science and using these techniques to advance a range of scientific fields, from cancer medicine to anthropology to design — and to the discovery of new planets. Computation has already proven useful for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a NASA-funded mission led by MIT.