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World of Rock and Ice: Tour of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory published a video tour to shed light on some of the planet’s mysteries.

NASA scientists develop gecko-inspired astronaut anchors

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are honing the applications of a gecko-like gripping mechanism in the hope of making life a little less chaotic for those working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). TheShow More Summary

WATCH: NASA JPL tests gecko-inspired grippers in zero gravity

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory just released a video of their latest adhesion technologies designed for use in space. Read the rest

Underwater chemical garden powers a light bulb

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have grown underwater chimney-like structures capable of generating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The team linked several of these chimneys to get the required electricity.Show More Summary

The Sunset of Antarctica's Ice Shelves: A Conversation With NASA's Ala Khazendar

How does a block of ice nearly the size of Connecticut, which has existed for over 11,000 years disappear in less than 70 years? In my article, "Farewell Larsen B," I discussed the findings of a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory study released...Show More Summary

NASA Baffled by Red Arcs on Saturn Moon

Scientists are baffled after sighting several large, reddish arcs across the surface of one of Saturn's moons. The markings on Tethys are a few miles wide and several hundred miles long, per NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The images were taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, and while photos it took in...

NASA considering using wind-powered robots to explore surface of Jupiter

last monthNews : The Raw Story

NASA might use wind-powered robots to explore Jupiter Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are reportedly in the process of developing “windbots” – robotic probes that could stay aloft in the clouds of a distant world, and these probes may eventually...

?NASA Is Studying Wind-Powered Robotic Probes for Exploring Gas Giants

We use rovers to explore the terrain of Mars and the Moon, but gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn pose a difficult question: How do you explore a planet that has no solid surface? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has floated a theoretical...Show More Summary

Claudia Alexander, who helped direct NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, dies at 56

Claudia Alexander, a scientist who helped direct NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and the international Rosetta space-exploration project, died July 11at 56.The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where Dr. Alexander worked as the U.S. leader on the Rosetta Project, said the cause was breast cancer. The place of death was not announced.Read full article >>

NASA’s Mac (and PC) app lets you join New Horizons spacecraft on its Pluto flypast

The low bit-rate forced by the extreme distance of the New Horizons spacecraft from Earth means that live video isn’t feasible, but a new Mac and PC app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers the next best thing. The app provides a simulated view of what New Horizons is doing, and allows you to preview […]

Mars Opportunity Rover Ran A Marathon ... But It Took 11 Years

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

The Mars rover Opportunity can now claim that it has completed a marathon, but its finish time is nothing to brag about. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this video last week with a time-lapse from the rover's point of viewShow More Summary

Water and Power: Good job, California, you're saving water

Your guide to the California drought from the Los Angeles Times. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using airborne research equipment to track California's snowpack levels. The Airborne Snow Observatory flies over California and Colorado three or four times a week to measure the snow levels. Subscribe...

Beijing Has Literally Quadrupled in Size Over Just the Last Decade

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A group of researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Stanford University used NASA’s satellite images to chart the growth of the Chinese capital city, and one of their more interesting findings was the astounding rate at which Beijing has grown during the last 10 years. Read more...

New research sounds alarm on global water supply

Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Rachel Maddow about new research using satellites to detect...

NASA Goes First Class for Europa

Over the last several years, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Physics Laboratory have rethought the entire approach to exploring Europa. NASA now has a concept that's affordable.

NASA to study supersonic parachute, shredded in 'flying saucer' test

3 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

A supersonic parachute meant to slow a flying saucer during landing quickly failed during a test flight Monday – a second strike that the team had been hoping to avoid. Now, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to pull more data from the craft to try and learn what happened -- and...

Video: Visit the Dwarf Planet Ceres

3 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

The largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is the dwarf planet Ceres. It’s also the protagonist of a video released Monday by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The animation is based on 80 images captured by NASA’s...Show More Summary

NASA hopes its 'flying saucer' parachute works better on second try

NASA’s road to Mars goes through Hawaii, and if the weather there finally cooperates you can watch as engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory test their “flying saucer” in the thin air high above the Pacific Ocean.

The RoboSimian, An Ape-Like Robot Built by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

3 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The RoboSimian is an ape-like robot developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that is preparing to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in Pomona, California beginning on June 5, 2015. JPL showed off some of what the RoboSimian can do in a recent episode of its web series Crazy Engineering. In the video, JPL Group Supervisor […]

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