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NASA-led mission studies storm intensification

A group of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, including scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are teaming up this month for an airborne mission focused on studying severe storm processes and intensification. Show More Summary

Asteroid Apophis has one in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth, expert estimates

The huge, nearly 400-meter-wide asteroid Apophis is still on a list of hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs), regarded as a potential threat to the planet. However, new calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) show that Apophis' odds of Earth impact are lower than previously estimated.

Trail users say transient population at campground above JPL poses safety concern

For nearly two decades, Altadena Town Councilwoman Dorothy Wong has hiked and biked up the Gabrielino Trail northeast of La Cañada’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But like many who frequent the Angeles Nation Forest, she’s begun to notice an influx of homeless people. “I always saw it as a place for...

"After 20 Years --The Final Five!" Cassini Spacecraft to Begin Last Epic Flybys Through Saturn's Atmosphere (VIEW VIDEO)

"Cassini's Titan flybys prepared us for these rapid passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere," said Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Thanks to our past experience, the team is confident that we understand how...        

"Extinction by Ice" --Massive Comets From Oort Belt More Common Threat to Earth Than Previously Thought

"Comets travel much faster than asteroids, and some of them are very big," said Amy Mainzer, co-author based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and principal investigator of the NEOWISE mission. "Studies like this will help us define what...        

Today's 'Galaxy' Stream --Concept of a Simulated Cosmos: "Is as Profound as the Copernican Revolution"

Rich Terrile, a Voyager scientist who discovered several moons of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said research shows that consciousness, a product of the brain, can be reproduced. "Soon there will be nothing technical standing in...        

Gecko-inspired robot grippers to grab up space debris

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

There have been numerous ideas floated for the best way to clean up space debris, and the latest comes from researchers at Stanford University and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who have come up with a robotic gripper that's based on the sticky pads of the gecko. Show More Summary

NASA's New Origami Robot, Puffer, Squeezes Into Spaces Others Can't

2 months agoArts : Wired: Design

Puffer, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, can explore places too risky for bigger, more expensive rovers.

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

2 months 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

3 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.

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