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NASA's JPL honors its former director

NASA's JPL honors its former director

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.

Opportunity rover completes marathon mark

Opportunity rover completes marathon mark

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.

JPL worker counts down toward a writing career

JPL worker counts down toward a writing career

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...

Students abuzz over Science Bowl contest

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.

Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night

Asteroid to make near-Earth pass Monday night

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...

Q&A: JPL's Charles Elachi maps out the scientific frontier

Q&A: JPL's Charles Elachi maps out the scientific frontier

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.

Congress to vote on 'CRomnibus' package, including JPL funds

Congress to vote on 'CRomnibus' package, including JPL funds

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...

USS Pasadena crew visit to include stops at JPL, Tournament House

USS Pasadena crew visit to include stops at JPL, Tournament 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.

NASA's 'flying saucer' test project deemed a success

NASA's 'flying saucer' test project deemed a success

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.

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.

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