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Robots: Planetary Exploration

Julie Townsend from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California talks about her work with NASA's Mars rovers and the lunar ATHLETE robot. Sebastian Gautsch from the the SAMLAB in Neuchatel, Switzerland, tells us about the Atomic Force Microscope that was sent to Mars aboard the Phoenix lander in the Spring of 2008.

Robots: JPL Open House 2012

In today's show we bring you to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House, just in time to prepare for the landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover in less than 10 days....

Watch NASA Spin Its Flying Saucer Before It Leaves for Hawaii

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Yesterday, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put the final touches on a design that's on its way to Hawaii for a test launch and landing before, eventually, hopefully, being deployed on Mars. And the design bears a more than passing resemblance to the iconic flying saucer. Read more...

NASA takes its 'flying saucer' for a test spin

On Tuesday afternoon, just about lunch time, a "flying saucer" was undergoing a spin test in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA’s new Mars technology has a familiar look: the flying saucer

Flying saucers from Mars is the stuff of science fiction. But a flying saucer from Earth is part of the mission to get astronauts to the Martian surface. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory completed a successful spin test of … Read more ›

Precision planetary lander technology tested by NASA

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In anticipation of more ambitious planetary missions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, in collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, has recently been testing new landing technologies using an Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT). Show More Summary

Los Angeles Times headline denounced as clickbait

4 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

On March 12, The Los Angeles Times published an alarming op-ed on the perilous state of California’s water supply by Jay Famiglietti, the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech. California, Famiglietti wrote,...Show More Summary

American Voices: NASA: California Has One Year Of Water Left

last monthHumor : The Onion

A scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote an editorial stating that prolonged droughts have left California with at most one more year of water, adding that “our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.” Wha...

California Drought- Problems Persist

Discouraging news regarding the ongoing California drought continues to persist. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, penned a sobering column this week on California water issues in the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Famiglietti indicated that, “As our ‘wet’ season […]

California Has Just One Year of Water Reserves, So... Water Cannons?

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has a terrifying piece in the Los Angeles Times about the future of California's water. According to Famiglietti, the state has just one year of water in reserves: Read more...

An Intriguing Theory That Explains This Winter's Intensely Cold Weather

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In this scenario, put forth by physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rise in air pollution via coal emissions from China and Southeast Asia is to blame for the relentless snows that have blanketed parts of the United States. Read more...

How NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Is Branding Deep Space Missions

While NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory innovates space technology, its media relations department applies a similar inventiveness to its social media strategies. Here, Veronica McGregor—creator of the NASA Social and Mars rover Twitter...Show More Summary

Video chat: Welcome to Ceres! Dawn enters dwarf planet's orbit

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are celebrating after NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres early Friday morning, marking the first visit to a dwarf planet.

Short circuit halts NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover for days

NASA’s Curiosity rover will take a break from gathering samples of the dusty Martian landscape, while engineers determine whether a short circuit damaged the robot’s arm, the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Tuesday. Continue reading ? The post Short circuit halts NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover for days appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

NASA spacecraft 'is about to make history'

On Friday, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will make history by becoming the first spacecraft to reach a dwarf planet, said Robert Mase, project manager for the Dawn mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, during a NASA press conference today. Show More Summary

New NASA soil moisture mapper completes key milestone

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, today sent commands to unfurl the 20-foot-wide (6-meter) reflector antenna on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, launched Jan. 31. Show More Summary

Are the Foods You Love Too Thirsty?

California’s in the middle of its most significant drought in half a millennia. According to Jay Famiglietti, senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Golden State’s reservoirs contain only a two-year supply of water. Show More Summary

Dawn probe data indicates ancient flowing water on Vesta

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The last place you'd expect to find signs of water erosion is in the Asteroid Belt, but researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that data collected during the Dawn spacecraft's visit to Vesta indicates that it not onlyShow More Summary

NASA wants helicopter drones to lead the way for Mars rovers

Rovers have a tough time getting across Mars' vast, unforgiving landscape. They can't see very far ahead, and the crew back home can only offer so much help by looking at orbital imagery. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory may have a clever solution to...

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Series ‘Crazy Engineering’ Looks at a Prototype Mars Helicopter

3 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory series Crazy Engineering looks at a prototype helicopter that could one day be sent to Mars. The main challenges in flying a helicopter on Mars are the fact that its atmosphere is less than half as dense as Earth’s, and safely landing the device each time it flies. […]

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