Internationally renowned professor of atmospheric science and climate Susan Solomon, paleoclimatologist David McGee, and atmospheric chemist Colette Heald (joint with MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, CEE) join the EAPS faculty.
In January Apple Inc.'s first iPhone smartphone is announced by Steve Jobs at Macworld in San Francisco. It is released on 29 June.
In February the New Horizons space probe makes a gravitational slingshot around Jupiter to change its trajectory towards Pluto.
Professor James Elliot successfully observes a stellar occultation by Pluto. The results support the likely presence of a substantial atmosphere when New Horizons flies by Pluto in 2015.
Professor Richard Binzel performs telescopic observations of a particularly hazardous asteroid, 99942 Apophis, indicating it to be ab ordinary chondrite meteorite - information necessary for mission planning prior to its 2029 close approach.
Mick Follows and his group report "a new ocean model which allows its populations of phytoplankton to realistically evolve, reflecting the diversity in populations in the natural world." The model (now the engine underpinning the Darwin Project) "promises improved understanding of the coupling between ocean and atmospheric chemistry."
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dara Entekhabi is granted a joint appointment in EAPS.
In May the 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake shakes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). At least were 1,567 killed and 2,300 were injured.
In September, the domain name for the web search engine Google is registered.
The Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate replaces the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography as the "administrative unit in atmospheric sciences and oceanography" within EAPS to offer a "broadly based curriculum for [graduate] students interested in studying climate at the systems level, and in performing research in oceanography and atmospheric science."
Professor John Edmond is continuing his work on the geochemistry of the big rivers of Eastern Siberia.
Professor John Southard, in cooperation with John Grotzinger, is building models of submarine fans to study rapid deposition of sands from turbidity currents as an aid to deep offshore petroleum exploration.