As the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 22 years, William Pickering oversaw the lab’s space exploration in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and his missions’ successes paved the way for modern victories.
Fearing the wrath of his nerdy online followers, software engineer and amateur author Andy Weir spent countless hours digging through Google to perfect technical details in what became a popular 2012 e-book about an astronaut stranded on Mars.
Scientists, engineers and authors convened at La Cañada’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday to ponder earthlings’ innate curiosity about the possibility of life on Mars and how the past 50 years of planetary exploration has both...
How long does it take to complete a marathon on Mars? About 11 years and two months – if you’ve got six wheels and a solar-powered battery.
For decades, Jean Walker’s writing career existed only between shifts at La Cañada’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and family dinners. She’d scribble notes after putting her two young daughters to bed, ideas for romance novels...
La Cañada High School is prepared to compete in a regional science competition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory this Saturday, following months of preparation in hopes they'll compete in the National Science Bowl.
A mountainous asteroid will make a near-Earth pass Monday night, giving us a preview of an event that could have our descendants sweating, the...
Employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge spent a busy year in 2014 launching new missions and receiving data that will forever change the way we think about the planets in our solar system and the universe beyond.
The so-called CRomnibus package is up for a vote in Congress this week – and supporters of NASA are cheering it on. If approved in the House...
Forty crew members of the USS Pasadena, a nuclear-powered submarine, will visit the city it is named for from Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7, including a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a visit to the Rose Bowl.
Scientists and engineers convened at La Cañada’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Friday to share findings of a recent test project that could help NASA deposit bigger, heavier payloads and spacecraft on the Martian surface.
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 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.
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.
Is third time the charm? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is considering boring into the third rock ever drilled...
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...
The Kepler mission, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, has discovered 715 new planets, NASA announced Wednesday.
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.
After 10 years of wheeling around Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a rock shaped like a jelly...
Rebekah Sosland remembers the first time she saw the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touch down on the Martian...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mars is a cold and dusty place with no known life.
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.