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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 weekNews : 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

3 weeks agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

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

3 weeks 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

last monthGenres / 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

2 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

2 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

2 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 […]

California Has No Idea How Much Water It Has Left. NASA Can Help.

Tucked in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, California, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) looks and feels like a high-security college campus for engineering nerds. From the streetlight banners celebrating the latest satellite launch to the bungee rocket toys in the gif

PROGRESSIVE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARMING CLIMATE CHANGE:  NASA scientists are now warning that the An…

PROGRESSIVE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARMING CLIMATE CHANGE:  NASA scientists are now warning that the Antarctic Larsen B ice shelf is going to detach and disappear: [R]esearchers with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California at Irvine say that this remnant now faces its “approaching demise.” In a news release, NASA adds that “it is likely […]

Traditional Japanese Origami Being Used For NASA Solar Panels

Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers have engineered NASA solar panels that are based on the Japanese paper-folding art, origami. These panels are light, foldable, and easily deployable. The idea of origami solar cells, while not completely new, is capturing considerable press attention. Show More Summary

From Outer Space to Silicon Valley

Robert Witloff joined NASA at 22, working on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's communications laser to the International Space Station and organizing data sent back from the Mars Rover. Now he's 28, and working on exploring the blockchain at bitcoin startup Coinbase.

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