Caltech and JPL researchers identify a process involving UV light from the sun that helps explain how a moderately dense martian atmosphere 3.8 billion years ago could have evolved into the current thin one without invoking a missing carbon reservoir.
Ted (BS ’65, MS ’66) and Ginger Jenkins—longtime Caltech supporters and early employees in the semiconductor industry—have established a leadership chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS).
Charles Elachi has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016 and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is underway to identify his successor.
Using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory's OSIRIS spectrometer and maps from NASA's Galileo probe, researchers have mapped what may be salt deposits from the ocean below the ice onto the Jovian moon's surface.
In September, the NASA/JPL Cassini mission began the last two years of the Solstice Mission. We recently spoke with JPL director Charles Elachi to gain his unique perspective on Cassini's achievements—and what will come next.