"Organic materials, which are important building blocks for life, are often found in comets and primitive asteroids," said Jim Shirley, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Finding the rocky residues of this comet crash on Europa's surface may...
Juno is an unmanned spacecraft launched by NASA to study the planet Jupiter. As Miss Cellania mentioned yesterday, it recently flew by Earth to make use of its gravity and slingshot toward Jupiter. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recruited ham radio operators across the world to send a coordinated message that could be picked up by Juno. Show More Summary
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced today that the geologists on both Mars rover teams -- Opportunity and Curiosity -- have named landmarks at their field sites after the late Bruce Murray.
It's 7:30 on a Monday morning, and a crowd has started to gather at the gates of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We're linked by two common factors: We all use social media, and we're all really, really into space.
Last year NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory revealed a Spiderman-inspired grippy claw that would let spacecraft easily grab onto passing asteroids and comets. Since then the technology has been further refined and now integrated into a rock-climbing robot called the LEMUR IIB that could put Sir Edmund Hillary to shame. Read more...
Get all the space you can handle directly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today in a two-hour, live streaming event to discuss three upcoming Earth observation missions. The event runs from 1PM to 3PM EDT and will bring you information about the missions straight from the mouths of the engineers and scientists who work on them.
Here’s a video of the annual Pumpkin Carving contest at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each participating team had only one hour to create their masterpiece. [Mark Rober]
(YouTube link) The annual pumpkin carving contest at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had all the geeky elements you'd expect: power tools, laser etching, gears, animation, lights, smoke machines, and spaceships. They also had a couple...Show More Summary
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual pumpkin carving contest, giving each team one hour to complete their pumpkin. The results were incredible, ranging from a detailed glowing Death Star complete with TIE Fighters shooting lasers to the Mars Rover Curiosity and its intricate landing gear. via The Daily Dot
Two years ago, Mark Rober was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., part of a team that worked on the Curiosity rover. For Halloween, he strapped an iPad to his chest and another to his back. Then he turned...Show More Summary
The U.S. government shutdown has hindered most Earth-bound NASA employees from working. On Mars, however, the Curiosity rover is going strong. Since contract workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) oversee the mission which...Show More Summary
I spoke with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Veronica McGregor and the Applied Physics Laboratory's Geoff Brown this morning to get accurate information about the operation of NASA planetary missions. In brief: All of NASA's missions that are operated out of JPL and APL are continuing to operate normally today and for at least a week.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is looking for a Software Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA. JPL is looking for someone who will “be a member of the System Architectures & Behaviors Group (313K) and will report to the Technical Group Supervisor. Show More Summary
California water expert Bill Patzert (a climatologist with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) lays out California’s water situation in two very sobering paragraphs: Our water supply depends on the snowpack in the northern Sierra and the eastern Rockies. It also depends on the population growth in the Southwest. We share the Colorado with seven states […]
Voyager 1, launched this month 36 years ago, has, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, officially entered interstellar space. Me? I just officially entered a wet t-shirt contest although I'm starting to second-guess my chances of winning considering most of the other girls are, how do I put this -- not men with tits. Show More Summary
"This is the moment we've all been waiting for. I can't even sleep it's so exciting!"—Jia-Rui C. Cook, the media liaison at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, upon confirmation that the Voyager I probe has "become the first man-made object...Show More Summary
Today NASA announced that Voyager I is the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this video outlining the history of the mission and how far it's gone. We should all be feeling a certain level of awe right now.
Michael Janner, 17, of Redlands, Calif. received the Innovation Exploration Award at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his research on iron oxide nanocrystals. The award included a behind-the-scenes visitShow More Summary
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is already pretty brainy, but like any robot, it still requires direction. Researchers with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are hoping to change that by developing a new camera for the NASA rovers.Show More Summary
A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft.