Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research


Jacqueline N. Hewitt (director)


Phone: 617 253 7501


Founded in 1965 as the Center for Space Research, the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) is an interdepartmental center that supports research in space science and engineering, astronomy, and astrophysics. MKI plays a leading role in the design, construction, and utilization of instruments placed aboard space vehicles launched by NASA or other agencies.

Institute projects draw upon the interests and expertise of scientists and engineers from several MIT departments, thus affording a wide array of opportunities for both students and faculty. Experimental programs are supplemented by closely related programs of ground-based research, by theoretical investigations, and by laboratory development of instrumentation for space-based and ground-based experiments.