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Science Isn't Just For NASA: You Can Bust Out Your Own Science Spark

You might think that the first thing people would want to talk about when they find out I'm part of the Earth science team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), would be satellites or astronauts, or, well, anything Earth or space related. Show More Summary

Mars rover Curiosity skips 'Bonanza King' rock, heads for Mt. Sharp

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a chance to drill a rock nicknamed "Bonanza King" because of its worrying wobble, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say.

NASA Is Developing Origami Solar Panels

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Brian Trease, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is working with researchers at Brigham Young University to construct a solar array that uses origami principles for deployment. Read more...

Female Engineers Try to Lean In But Are Pushed Out, Study Finds

Tracy Van Houten has always been infatuated with space. Over the course of two decades and two degrees, that love took Houten from a pre-engineering class in high school to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she works as an aerospace...Show More Summary

New High-Def Video Of NASA's "Flying Saucer" Test Will Blow You Away

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released never-before-seen video footage shot from cameras on board its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator during its test over Hawaii. Turn off the lights, put it on full screen and buckle up. Read more...

Meet The Former NASA Engineer Who Wants To Build A Giant Robot That Can Juggle Cars

Screenshot If all goes according to plan, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer Dan Granett will soon build a 70-foot-tall diesel-powered robot that can use its robo-hands to juggle cars as if they were tennis balls. A...Show More Summary

Watch "Lunar Bridgehead," a Wonderfully Campy 1964 Film about Ranger 7

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a 1964 documentary on Ranger 7 in honor of the spacecraft's fiftieth anniversary.

A Former NASA Engineer Is Building An Apocalypse Robot Big Enough To Juggle Cars

Dan Granett, a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is leading the charge to build a 70-foot-tall diesel-powered robot designed to juggle cars as if they were circus props, reports Gizmodo. It's called the BugJuggler, and Granett and his team are currently seeking some $2.3 million to make it into a reality. Show More Summary

NASA's new rover could explore frozen water in space

The prototype for a new NASA rover is being tested for underwater space exploration. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's engineers have created a robot that can explore space's icy waters, such as those on Jupiter's moon Europa. The Buoyant...Show More Summary

Prototype NASA rover can ride on the underside of frozen lakes

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

We've built rovers to deal with arid planets like Mars, but what about trips to Titan's hydrocarbon puddles and Europa's ice lakes? NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working on a robot that'll dive into the frozen water, riding along the underside...

Beam Me Down, Scotty! NASA Can Now Send HD Video From Space (Really Fast)

NASA took a giant leap in space communications when Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers transmitted HD video from the International Space Station to Earth by laser instead of radio waves. "It's like going from dial-up to broadband," says mission manager Matt Abrahamson. Space has just gotten broadband. Read Full Story

NASA Recreates Earth-like Titan's Atmosphere --"A Veritable Zoo of Complex Molecules”

“Titan’s chemical makeup is veritable zoo of complex molecules,” said Scott Edgington, Cassini Deputy Project Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “With the combination of laboratory experiments and Cassini data, we gain an understanding of just how...

These 100% Real NASA Warning Signs Are Excellent (And Inspired A Song)

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is an unconventional place with some equally unconventional signs and warning labels. Read more...

Amusingly Cryptic Warning Signs from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Autotuned

3 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

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NASA Designs The Next Phase Of Mars Exploration

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory readies the next phase of Mars exploration through innovative technologies and innovative designs to land increasingly larger objects there. While the rest of the world was still marveling at the Curiosity...Show More Summary

"Sunlight in Titan's Lower Atmosphere can Kick-Start Complex Organic Chemistry" --NASA JPL

A laboratory experiment at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., simulating the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan suggests complex organic chemistry that could eventually lead to the building blocks of life extends lower in the atmosphere than previously thought. The...

NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will enable land vehicles, crew

Afternoon Must-Read: John Timmer: Glaciers Draining Antarctic Basin Destabilized, Big Sea Level Rise All But Certain

John Timmer: Glaciers draining Antarctic basin destabilized, big sea level rise all but certain: "Researchers at UC Irvine and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have announced results... >...indicating that glaciers across a large area of West Antarctica have been destabilized.... Show More Summary

$17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science

The House Appropriations Committee recommended $17.9 billion in funding for NASA on Thursday, significantly boosting planetary science programs at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in La Canada Flintridge and continuing operation of a Palmdale-based flying telescope. However, the committee also...

Ganymede may be "club sandwich" moon

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In a combination of the astronomical and the culinary, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) say that Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, may not have a single large ocean, but instead may be built like a club sandwich with alternating layers of ice and water. Show More Summary

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