News articles tagged with "JPL"

08/21/2014 14:20:09
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers work to make sure that NASA's newly launched satellite provides accurate data about carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere.
09/22/2012 09:56:13
Douglas Smith
The space shuttle Endeavour's final flight ended Friday, September 21, when it landed at Los Angeles International Airport en route to its new life as an exhibit at the California Science Center. But without Caltech professors Christopher Brennen and Allan Acosta and alumnus Sheldon Rubin, the entire endeavor might not have been possible.
09/05/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

Today, September 5, marks the 35th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, which lifted off in 1977 on a Titan III–Centaur launch system just 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2. Now 11 billion and 9 billion miles from the sun, respectively, the spacecraft are the farthest-flung man-made objects, traveling every 100 days a distance equal to that between sun and Earth.

08/17/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

NASA has signed a new $8.5 billion contract with Caltech, extending the Institute's management of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an additional five years.

08/13/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

President Barack Obama called the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday morning to congratulate the Mars Science Laboratory team on the successful landing of Curiosity on the red planet. He said that the accomplishment "embodies the American spirit" and that the White House could not be more excited or grateful. 

08/10/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

When Curiosity touched down safely on Mars on August 5, John Grotzinger, the mission's chief scientist and the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology at Caltech, was given the "keys" to the car-sized rover. Since then, most of Curiosity's time has been taken up by a series of checkouts, but she has relayed hundreds of images back to Earth, giving the science team plenty to study and discuss.

08/07/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

The mood in von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) late Sunday night was overwhelmingly, almost deliriously, celebratory. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, touched down safely on Mars at 10:32 p.m. PDT and minutes later relayed its first black-and-white thumbnail images back to Earth, showing one of its wheels firmly planted on Martian soil.

08/05/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

The "seven minutes of terror" are over, and members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team have finally let out a collective sigh of relief.

 

08/03/2012 07:00:00
Kimm Fesenmaier

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a rover known as Curiosity, is scheduled to land on the surface of the Red Planet on Sunday, August 5. Mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory expects to receive confirmation of the rover's landing around 10:31 p.m. PDT. NASA TV will stream the event online.

08/02/2012 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

On Sunday, August 5, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, known as Curiosity, will make its dramatic descent onto Mars's surface. Once it lands, the rover will check its instruments to make sure everything's functioning properly—and then it will get right to work. Caltech's Ken Farley and Bethany Ehlmann will be among the 300 scientists working here on Earth, taking the information Curiosity sends home and trying to figure out what it all means.

08/01/2012 07:00:00
Marcus Woo

Over the past several years, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft—from the heat shield to the rover to the supersonic parachute—has gone through extensive and painstaking testing. This Sunday, it will finally land on Mars. In anticipation of this upcoming milestone, here are some of the best images of MSL's journey from Pasadena and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Cape Canaveral and onward to the Red Planet.

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