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NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

Curiosity may be an older dog (the rover landed on Mars in 2012), but it’s still picking up new tricks. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed (via Verge) that the robot can now pick its own targets when choosing rocks to scan with its laser spectrometer, a task formerly reserved for remote operation by scientists back here on Earth. Show More Summary

Earth’s New “Mini Moon” Confirmed by NASA JPL

First discovered by University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on April 27, 2016, Earth’s new moon, or “mini moon” has been officially confirmed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Officially named “2016 HO3,” the newly discovered asteroid is dubbed a “mini moon” because it not only orbits the Sun–it orbits Earth, as well. Show More Summary

NASA Sending Microbial Survivors of Chernobyl Equal to 400 Atomic Bombs to International Space Station

“The fungi collected at the accident site had more melanin than the fungi collected from outside the exclusion zone,” says Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “This means the fungi have adapted to the radiation...

Mars 2020 rover rolls into final design and fabrication phase

NASA's next Mars rover is rolling off the drawing board and into its final design and fabrication phase, the agency announced today, during a televised event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that highlighted some of the mission's technology.

How To Visualize A Story That's 500 Million Miles Away

A team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory makes real-time data visualizations that mix hard science with creative animation. This week, a little three-pronged spacecraft named Juno arrived at Jupiter. Read Full Story

Got Juno questions for JPL? Ask them here

It made it! NASA's Juno spacecraft safely arrived at Jupiter on July 4 - an event marked by cheers, fist pumps and hugs in the mission control room at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.  Juno had successfully executed its 35-minute burn sequence without getting whacked by a space...

As it closes in on Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft faces peril

The day has come. As fireworks mark the Fourth of July, scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to celebrate a milestone of their own: NASA’s Juno spacecraft entering orbit around Jupiter. NASA’s Juno is within hours of reaching Jovian orbit, said Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal...

"A Planet On Steroids": Your Guide To NASA's Rendezvous With Jupiter

On July 4, the Juno spacecraft is slated to enter Jupiter's orbit for a 20-month study of that planet. Here's how we'll get there. Jet Propulsion Laboratory is celebrating Independence Day at Jupiter. Read Full Story

The Sound of a Spacecraft Entering Jupiter's Magnetic Field Is Nightmare Fuel

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As NASA’s Juno mission continues to hurl itself toward Jupiter, the terrifying reality of flying close to the biggest and baddest planet in our solar system is starting to set in. Yesterday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped recordings...Show More Summary

The closest I'll get to Jupiter is this JPL clean room

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Hey Jupiter, I hope you're ready for your close-up. Recently, I was granted the rare privilege of stepping inside one of the largest cleanrooms at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories. I was there to learn about this year's blockbuster space mission, Juno, and chat with some super smart science and engineering people who worked on the project. (more…)

Mars rover Curiosity veteran Michael Watkins to lead NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

3 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

A veteran of the Mars rover Curiosity team is set to become the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, officials have announced. Michael Watkins, director of the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin, will officially take the helm of the Caltech-managed laboratory...

NASA's Mars Rover 2020 Builds in Momentum

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is making progress with the build up of Mars 2020 Rover, with contract awards for instrumentation and hardware. Following the recent announcement Space Systems Loral (SSL) will design and build the camera focus mechanisms, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been tasked with the design and manufacture the Skycrane descent brake. link.

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jtotheizzoe: realcleverscience: he-future-now: The Earth’s axis is tilting thanks to climate change, NASA scientists say Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have determined climate change is actually causing the tilt of the Earth’s axis to change. Show More Summary

Stories in Space

Recommended Reading: On new posters from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and space travel’s place in storytelling. Dominic Smith asks why there aren’t more stories in space. The post Stories in Space appeared first on The Millions.

Here's an inside look at the mission to detect alien life on this mysterious water world

While “Breakthrough Starshot” just announced plans for a groundbreaking mission to hunt for extraterrestrial life light-years away, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have set their sights on a spot in our own neighborhood...Show More Summary

BB-8 Visits the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Meet the Mars Curiosity Rover’s Earthbound Twin

4 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The Star Wars droid BB-8 recently visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and its Mars Yard to meet Maggie, the Mars Curiosity Rover‘s earthbound twin, to learn how robots help explore other planets.

Defining the Missions for the Ocean Worlds

At a recent meeting of an advisory group for NASA, the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS), Jim Green, the head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, and Barry Goldstein from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provided updates on plans to explore our solar system's ocean worlds.

JPL Tickets for open house available 4/25 for June Open House

One of the the BIGGEST, and I mean BIG, so big traffic backs up for miles type event here in the SGV is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s open house.  Last year it was such a cluster of traffic and hurt feelings our friends at JPL are introducing a ticket system to stem the tide and […]

We Finally Know Why the North Pole Is Moving East

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have figured out what’s going on—and you’ll be shocked to learn that humans are behind it. Read more...

This Year's JPL Open House Is In June, But You'll Need To Reserve A Free Ticket

To alleviate overwhelming crowds, you'll need to reserve a free ticket online to go to this year's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's open house. [ more › ]

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