Nergis Mavalvala aims to detect gravitational waves, which are so aloof they've dodged efforts to track them down for a century. Photo: Len Rubenstein
Spring 2014

Era of Astronomical Discovery

Nergis Mavalvala aims to detect gravitational waves, which are so aloof they’ve dodged efforts to track them down for a century.

Sara Seager is searching for life beyond the solar system and says the world is ready. Photo: Len Rubenstein
Spring 2014

Searching for Life

Sara Seager—who’s searching for life beyond the solar system—says the whole world is ready. “I call it the awakening.”

Buzz Aldrin's book, Magnificent Desolation, will be in stores June 23. Photo: Courtesy of the Aldrin Collection
Summer 2009

Magnificent Desolation

Buzz Aldrin, alumnus and former astronaut — who has written a new book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing — reflects on his life and work.