Welcome to Haystack

Welcome to Haystack

Radio science & technology research center

Spotlight MOXIE: making oxygen from the Mars atmosphere MOXIE launched on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover: we're headed to Mars!
What we do MIT Haystack Observatory is a multidisciplinary radio science research laboratory in northeastern Massachusetts
Our mission Study the structure of our galaxy and the larger universe Advance scientific knowledge of our planet and its atmosphere Enhance technology development to serve radio and space science Contribute to the education and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers
Our mission Study the structure of our galaxy and the larger universe Advance scientific knowledge of our planet and its atmosphere Enhance technology development to serve radio and space science Contribute to the education and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers
Our research areas
Astronomy Questions that captivate us: the origin and evolution of the universe, emissions from galaxies and black holes, and the births of stars Learn About Astronomy
Geodesy Accurately measuring Earth's geometric shape and orientation in space by observing deep-space objects with telescopes at Haystack and worldwide. Learn About Geodesy
Geospace Exploring the space environment of the Earth using radars, satellites, radio arrays, and global navigation satellite systems. Learn About Geospace
Space Technology Current Haystack space technology projects include MOXIE, an instrument on the Mars Rover 2020, and CubeSats to study the Earth's aurora borealis. Learn About Space Technology
Our researchers Meet some of the talented scientists, engineers, and staff who work at MIT Haystack Observatory Our researchers
Our community
Students Education at Haystack We offer a hands-on research internship program for undergraduates every summer and more: education is an important part of our mission.
Visitors Interested in seeing Haystack in person? Learn more and sign up for an invitation to one of our Open House events!