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JPL scientists celebrate 10 years of Cassini

JPL scientists celebrate 10 years of Cassini

On June 30, 2004, scientists and engineers at JPL held their breaths as 800 million miles from Earth, the Cassini spacecraft succumbed to the pull of Saturn's gravity field.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover hits first Martian year

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover hits first Martian year

NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates a Martian milestone this week -- its first full Martian year exploring the Red Planet. And to celebrate, it captured that cute selfie you see above.

NASA: House bill substantially increases planetary funding budget

NASA: House bill substantially increases planetary funding budget

The Mars 2020 missions can remain on track and general funding for planetary science will be significantly boosted if a drafted proposal giving NASA $17.6 billion is approved, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced Wednesday. 

NASA Curiosity rover drill could reveal information on past life-friendly environments

NASA Curiosity rover drill could reveal information on past life-friendly environments

Is third time the charm? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is considering boring into the third rock ever drilled...

Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient

Schiff says planetary science funding insufficient

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The plan sets aside $1.28 billion for planetary exploration — an amount one elected official is calling a far cry from what will be...

NASA's Kepler mission, developed by JPL, discovers 715 new planets

NASA's Kepler mission, developed by JPL, discovers 715 new planets

The Kepler mission, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, has discovered 715 new planets, NASA announced Wednesday.

JPL documentary captures struggles behind Voyager mission

JPL documentary captures struggles behind Voyager mission

After 35 years of operation, NASA announced in September 2013 that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had reached the space between the stars: interstellar space.

Mars mystery: Where did the jelly doughnut-shaped rock come from?

Mars mystery: Where did the jelly doughnut-shaped rock come from?

After 10 years of wheeling around Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a rock shaped like a jelly...

Mars fan lands rover career

Mars fan lands rover career

Rebekah Sosland remembers the first time she saw the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touch down on the Martian...

JPL joins in 10-year celebration of Mars rovers

JPL joins in 10-year celebration of Mars rovers

In January 2004, two exploration vehicles touched down on Mars, beginning a 90-day mission in search of potential sources of water, a precursor for life, on a seemingly dead planet.

NASA's Curiosity rover finds life-friendly bonanza on once-watery Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover finds life-friendly bonanza on once-watery Mars

Scientists working on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission have been somewhat sparing until now when describing exactly how the rocks drilled, gobbled and cooked by the Curiosity rover paint a picture of a life-friendly environment.

Students take a swing at JPL's 'Invention Challenge'

Students take a swing at JPL's 'Invention Challenge'

Local students channeled their inner Tiger Woods on Friday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a competition to hit a hole-in-one in record time.

Video: Stephen Colbert presents NASA award to Voyager scientist

Video: Stephen Colbert presents NASA award to Voyager scientist

Ed Stone, former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and scientist on the long-running Voyager mission, got a surprise at the end of his appearance on the Colbert Report this week.

Video: NASA's MAVEN takes off to orbit Red Planet

Video: NASA's MAVEN takes off to orbit Red Planet

Mars is a cold and dusty place with no known life.

Watch: NASA's Maven launches to Mars

Watch: NASA's Maven launches to Mars

MAVEN is on schedule for its launch to Mars today. The NASA spacecraft will explore how the Red Planet went from wet and "friendly" to dry and dusty.

Typhoon Haiyan damage to Philippines detected from space

Typhoon Haiyan damage to Philippines detected from space

Typhoon Haiyan's devastation of the Philippines can be detected from space, and NASA scientists have produced a map to help...

Montrose jeweler makes watches on Mars time

Montrose jeweler makes watches on Mars time

Jeweler and watchmaker Garo Anserlian first started working on timepieces over 40 years ago, and his work has followed him from Beirut to Montrose — but Anserlian never expected his work would one day be connected to another planet.

Government shutdown mutes Mars Curiosity rover's tweets

Government shutdown mutes Mars Curiosity rover's tweets

The Mars rover Curiosity won’t be left in park on the Red Planet this week, but no updates about the mission will be tweeted.

Why did NASA shoot a laser at the moon?

Using a laser, NASA has beamed data between the moon and Earth -- 239,000 miles -- at a record-shattering rate.

Caltech names physicist as new president

Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday.

NASA's Curiosity discovers water in the dust that coats Mars

NASA's Curiosity discovers water in the dust that coats Mars

A series of discoveries from NASA's Curiosity rover are giving scientists a picture of Mars that looks increasingly complex, with small bits of water spread around the surface and an interior that could have been more geologically mature than experts...

Zero methane on Mars: Findings a setback in search for life

Zero methane on Mars: Findings a setback in search for life

The most high-fidelity search for methane on Mars has turned up none, a result that significantly reduces the chances of finding microbial life on the Red Planet.

NASA uses radar to find people's heartbeats in collapsed buildings

NASA engineers have built a device that uses radar to detect heartbeats in the rubble of collapsed buildings, with technology typically used to explore other planets. The FINDER device, developed with the Department of Homeland Security, could help...

Voyager 1 leaves the solar system, NASA confirms

Voyager 1 leaves the solar system, NASA confirms

This post has been corrected. See note below.

Longtime JPL official to retire

Longtime JPL official to retire

A longtime official at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will retire at the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday.

Bruce Murray, former JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies

Bruce Murray, former JPL director who pushed planetary exploration, dies

Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead...

NASA's Mars rover takes long trek, stops for study

After two months of slow but steady trekking across the Martian landscape, Curiosity is getting ready to rest its wheels and get back to some good old-fashioned science.

NASA's rover Curiosity can navigate Mars terrain on its own

NASA's rover Curiosity can navigate Mars terrain on its own

If the NASA rover Curiosity runs into any obstacles on its trek to a mountain in the middle of an ancient crater on Mars, a new navigation system should steer it to safety.

Going asteroid hunting: NASA wakes WISE telescope from 2 1/2-year nap

Going asteroid hunting: NASA wakes WISE telescope from 2 1/2-year nap

The space-based telescope known as WISE has been orbiting our planet in a hibernative state for the past two and a half years. But now, nap time is over.

California leads U.S. in science and engineering employment

California leads U.S. in science and engineering employment

California leads U.S. states in science and engineering employment, according to a new report from researchers at the ...

NASA ends work to restore Kepler Space Telescope to full function

NASA ends work to restore Kepler Space Telescope to full function

NASA scientists said Thursday that the agency will no longer attempt to restore full function to the exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope

JPL missions to study climate change, weather on Earth

JPL missions to study climate change, weather on Earth

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is known for its exploration of space, but the La Cañada Flintridge facility is starting to focus its gaze back to Earth.

Perseid meteor shower: Where to watch it

Perseid meteor shower: Where to watch it

The Perseid meteor shower is one of nature's most spectacular light...

Curiosity survives freshman year on Mars. What's next?

Curiosity survives freshman year on Mars. What's next?

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity celebrated its first year this week since landing on the Red Planet, and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking back on the year since its nail-biting arrival with the "seven minutes of terror."

JPL celebrates anniversary of Curiosity's Mars landing

JPL celebrates anniversary of Curiosity's Mars landing

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was buzzing Monday over the one-year anniversary of Curiosity's touchdown on Mars to explore the 3-mile-high Mt. Sharp and to look for signs of past life.

NASA scientist: Curiosity's first year on Mars 'awesome'

NASA scientist: Curiosity's first year on Mars 'awesome'

On the first anniversary of NASA's rover Curiosity's touchdown in Gale Crater, Mars Science Laboratory lead scientist John Grotzinger says the team has a lot to be thankful for — and much more to look forward to. The Caltech geologist spoke...

NASA orbiter spies Curiosity exploring Mars

NASA orbiter spies Curiosity exploring Mars

A NASA Mars orbiter is keeping tabs on the Curiosity rover.

NASA releases photos of Earth, as seen from 900 million miles away

NASA releases photos of Earth, as seen from 900 million miles away

Need a little perspective in your life? Take a look at these images of Earth as seen from almost 900 million miles away.

Mars' once-thick atmosphere now stripped; bad news for life?

Mars' once-thick atmosphere now stripped; bad news for life?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has breathed in Martian air and sniffed out good news and bad news...

Funding restored by House committee would impact JPL missions

Funding restored by House committee would impact JPL missions

The House Appropriations Committee has restored nearly $100 million to NASA’s planetary science division, which funds missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday.

NASA's Mars 2020 mission will look for signs of past life

NASA's Mars 2020 mission will look for signs of past life

A rover that NASA plans to launch to Mars in 2020 is slated to collect samples of the Red Planet while setting the stage for a future human mission, the space agency announced Tuesday.

'Supermoon': Year's largest, brightest moon to light up night sky

'Supermoon': Year's largest, brightest moon to light up night sky

The largest and brightest full moon of 2013 will light up the sky this weekend when it passes the closest point to the Earth in its elliptical orbit.

NASA making cleanup progress in Pasadena

A NASA-funded treatment plant in Pasadena has removed hundreds of pounds of toxic residue left over from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's early rocket-building days.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover to take Lego form, thanks to voters

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover to take Lego form, thanks to voters

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before NASA

Mars rover Opportunity finds sign of 'water you could drink'

Mars rover Opportunity finds sign of 'water you could drink'

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has scraped away at some of the oldest rock it's examined and found the strongest signs for water it has ever discovered over its 9.5-year mission, scientists for the Mars Exploration Rover project said Friday. The...

Mars rover Curiosity to tackle 3-mile high mountain

Mars rover Curiosity to tackle 3-mile high mountain

Just 10 months into its two-year mission, the Mars rover Curiosity will be headed to a 3-mile-high mountain in the middle of the crater where it landed, NASA officials announced Wednesday.

Curiosity rover's 'Mars rat' shares origins with Man in the Moon

Curiosity rover's 'Mars rat' shares origins with Man in the Moon

UFO watchers' eyes were set ablaze recently by reports of what looked like a stony rodent lurking among the rocks on Mars. The so-called Mars rat, spotted in an image taken last year by the NASA rover Curiosity’s Mast Camera, captured...

NASA: Astronauts could face dangerous radiation levels on trek to Mars

NASA: Astronauts could face dangerous radiation levels on trek to Mars

An instrument on NASA’s Curiosity rover found during its deep-space cruise that a mission to a place like Mars could expose humans to potentially dangerous radiation levels, scientists announced Thursday.

NASA's JPL to 'lasso' an asteroid

NASA's JPL to 'lasso' an asteroid

A proposed mission to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit in the Earth-moon system is a stepping stone to sending humans to Mars, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Thursday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

JPL begins work on two new missions to Mars

JPL begins work on two new missions to Mars

Less than a year after the rover Curiosity's successful landing on Mars, scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are at work on two new missions to the Red Planet.

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope disabled

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope disabled

Planet-hunting scientists were dealt a major blow Wednesday when NASA officials announced...

Judge rules in favor of JPL scientists disciplined for emails sent from work accounts

Judge rules in favor of JPL scientists disciplined for emails sent from work accounts

Scientists and engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were unfairly disciplined for sending emails about a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving background checks at the agency, a judge has ruled.

Airborne laboratory being used to measure California's snowpack

Airborne laboratory being used to measure California's snowpack

Teams will fan out across the Sierra Nevada on Thursday to perform their final snow survey of the season, a closely watched rite of spring that helps determine how much water will flow to farms and cities in coming months.

Obituary: Alan Wood, 90, former JPL official

Obituary: Alan Wood, 90, former JPL official

Alan Wood, a former official at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, died at his Sierra Madre home on April 18. He was 90.

JPL open house, felled by sequestration, costs about $400,000

JPL open house, felled by sequestration, costs about $400,000

Bracing for “significant impacts” to funding for public outreach programs next year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided...

No E-ticket for JPL

No E-ticket for JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's annual open house allows space geeks and budding young scientists a rare peek inside the missions behind the La Cañada Flintridge facility.

Congress members urge NASA to spare planetary science funding

Congress members urge NASA to spare planetary science funding

Don't cut planetary science funding, members of Congress

Schiff: JPL open house suspension result of "extremely poor" federal fiscal policy

Schiff: JPL open house suspension result of "extremely poor" federal fiscal policy

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Thursday expressed just as much disappointment regarding the suspension of the annual open house at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as just about everyone else in the science community.

JPL, citing sequestration cuts, cancels popular open house

JPL, citing sequestration cuts, cancels popular open house

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is suspending the open house that had been scheduled for June 8 and 9.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory inventory check shows stolen NASA laptop

A laptop belonging to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge was allegedly stolen from a contract employee last summer, but the agency didn't realize it was missing until an inventory was conducted in January, officials said.

Curiosity takes summer break

Curiosity takes summer break

For the first time since it landed on Mars last year, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory can’t send commands to the rover Curiosity.

Space budget takes a hit

Space budget takes a hit

President Obama's budget proposal, unveiled on Wednesday, would cut funding for planetary exploration at NASA by roughly $200 million, although it still funds several high profile missions being planned out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca&...

NASA's planetary science division gets budget boost

NASA's planetary science division gets budget boost

NASA's planetary science division — responsible for sending the rover Curiosity to Mars — will get an unexpected budget hike of $123 million for the rest of 2013. These additional funds will be used to continue planetary...

New images from JPL's UAVSAR, the radar that sees through trees

New images from JPL's UAVSAR, the radar that sees through trees

Some of the center's coolest technology is being used right here on Earth.

JPL scientist: Jupiter's moon Europa may hold ingredients for life

JPL scientist: Jupiter's moon Europa may hold ingredients for life

Hydrogen peroxide is used to clean counter tops here on Earth, but Jupiter’s moon Europa may use it for a more important endeavor — to supply energy to simple life forms.

Wind shakes up NASA rover Curiosity's landing parachute

Wind shakes up NASA rover Curiosity's landing parachute

The supersonic parachute that helped the NASA rover Curiosity land safely on Mars eight months ago has become part of an accidental science experiment.

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system — almost

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system — almost

It was welcome news to Earthlings: The Voyager 1 spacecraft had seemingly crossed a momentous threshold and become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space.

Curiosity uncovers clues suggesting Mars was once habitable

Curiosity uncovers clues suggesting Mars was once habitable

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence that Mars could have once held life, scientists said Tuesday.

Future space explorers tour JPL

Future space explorers tour JPL

Thirty-two students in aerospace, engineering and science programs in 11 different countries descended on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week as part of a Caltech competition to design a mission to one of Mars' two moons, Phobos or Deimos.

Meteor in Russia not part of asteroid flyby, JPL says

The meteor that created a shock wave when it entered Earth’s atmosphere early Friday is not connected to the asteroid that is slated to pass by the planet today, according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Asteroid flyby: Watch JPL coverage on Friday morning

Asteroid flyby: Watch JPL coverage on Friday morning

The largest asteroid to come in close contact with Earth is set to fly by our planet Friday morning.

La Cañada History: Margaret Thatcher visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

La Cañada History: Margaret Thatcher visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ten Years Ago: Stan Kaull, Brian Hull, Tiffany Neumeier Bennett and Lindsay Parker were inducted into the La Cañada High School Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame.

Watch it live: NASA unveils results of Martian rock analysis

Watch it live: NASA unveils results of Martian rock analysis

NASA scientists reveal what was discovered in the Mars rover Curiosity's analysis of powdered Martian rock.

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