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JPL scientists predict future space probes will have artificial intelligence to operate autonomously

(Phys.org)—A pair of space scientists working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology has written a Focus piece for the journal Science Robotics. Steve Chien and Kiri Wagstaff suggest that future space probes will be given enough intelligence to carry out much of their mission without prompts from people back on Earth.

Stunning photo of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover seen from orbit

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

That bright blue object in the center of the photo is NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover as imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter earlier this month. From NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp...Show More Summary

Nike & Tom Sachs Bring Back the Mars Yard Sneaker

Back in 2012, Nike and Tom Sachs collaborated on a shoe for Tommaso Rivellini, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. While utilizing the same material Rivellini used to invent airbags for Mars rovers, they then found out that the sneaker “breaks like a paper clip” when folded too much in […]

NASA Alert! Crack in Massive Antarctic Larsen Ice Shelf Grows 17 Miles Past Week --"The 10,000-Year-Old Remnant is Disintegrating" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

"These are warning signs that the remnant is disintegrating," said Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). "Although it’s fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it’s bad news...        

Scientists look to skies to improve tsunami detection

A team of scientists from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a new approach to assist in the ongoing development of timely tsunami detection systems, based upon measurements of how tsunamis disturb a part of Earth's atmosphere.

60 Minutes Goes To Mars!

60 Minutes goes to Mars this weekend as Bill Whitaker looks into he sights and data beamed back more than 30 million miles from the Red Planet by Mars rover Curiosity. Whitaker visits the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., to bring viewers on a trip to Mars. Whitaker’s report will air on 60 Minutes Sunday, … Continue reading 60 Minutes Goes To Mars! ?

NASA eyes "chain mail" fabric for use in space

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory look to the past in developing a material for the future

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Poised For 2nd Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings --Into "The Big Empty"

"The region between the rings and Saturn is 'the big empty,' apparently," said Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Cassini will stay the course, while the scientists work on the mystery of why...        

NASA Unveils 4D-Printed “Chainmail” for Future Astronauts

Raul Polit Casillas, a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and son to a fashion designer, has alongside his team developed new fabrics to be used for large antennas and other deployable devices. One such material is particularly helpful because it is foldable and its shape can change quickly. In addition, […]

Trusty Cassini survives first dive between Saturn and its rings

Cheers erupted in the Von Karman auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory early Thursday morning as a squiggly green line on a graph developed a crisp, tall peak, signifying that the Cassini spacecraft was calling home after surviving its first plunge between Saturn and its ring system.

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Completes 1st Dive Through Gap Between Saturn and Rings --"Beams Back Images of a Colossal Swirling Storm" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

"No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before," Earl Maize, Cassini project manager and a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said in the statement. "We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with...        

Waiting for Cassini: Scenes from a late night at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Waiting for Cassini: Scenes from a late night at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Practicing Looking for Life on Mars in Chile's Atacama Desert

A team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been in Chile's Atacama Desert to test a new computer—in part because the region is so arid and lifeless that it makes an able stand-in for Mars. Sending robotic probes to...Show More Summary

Here’s how NASA tests Mars rovers on Earth

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

YouTube host Tom Scott explores the “Mars Yard” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where NASA simulates what it’s like on Mars for its rovers.

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

NASA's new "space fabric"

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

This is NASA's new "space fabric" in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The metal textile is 3D printed in one piece yet can be easily folded and flexed. Eventually, the researchers expect that such materials could be used as deployable shields to protect spacecrafts from meteorites, as insulation, or possibly for new kinds of spacesuits. Show More Summary

NASA prints up complex metallic "space fabric"

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA is getting into the textile business thanks to a team led by systems engineer Raul Polit Casillas at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The team has unveiled prototype swatches of a new metallic "space fabric"...Show More Summary

In light of today’s aquanautical announcement, we’re throwing...

In light of today’s aquanautical announcement, we’re throwing back to the time NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory tested a probe in our Kelp Forest exhibit designed to detect life on #OceanWorlds! Primed to look for life in the most extreme...Show More Summary

‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Headed Our Way This Month

In 2014, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spotted a kilometer-wide asteroid which it named 2014 JO25.  After three years of monitoring the asteroid, NASA has now announced that it will make its closest trip past the Earth this month: This asteroid will approach within 4.6 lunar distances (0.0118...

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