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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.

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Completes 1st Dive Through Gap Between Saturn and Rings --"Beams Back Images of a Colossal Swirling Storm" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

"No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before," Earl Maize, Cassini project manager and a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said in the statement. "We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with...        

Waiting for Cassini: Scenes from a late night at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Waiting for Cassini: Scenes from a late night at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Practicing Looking for Life on Mars in Chile's Atacama Desert

A team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been in Chile's Atacama Desert to test a new computer—in part because the region is so arid and lifeless that it makes an able stand-in for Mars. Sending robotic probes to...Show More Summary

Here’s how NASA tests Mars rovers on Earth

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

YouTube host Tom Scott explores the “Mars Yard” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where NASA simulates what it’s like on Mars for its rovers.

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

NASA's new "space fabric"

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

This is NASA's new "space fabric" in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The metal textile is 3D printed in one piece yet can be easily folded and flexed. Eventually, the researchers expect that such materials could be used as deployable shields to protect spacecrafts from meteorites, as insulation, or possibly for new kinds of spacesuits. Show More Summary

NASA prints up complex metallic "space fabric"

NASA is getting into the textile business thanks to a team led by systems engineer Raul Polit Casillas at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The team has unveiled prototype swatches of a new metallic "space fabric"...Show More Summary

In light of today’s aquanautical announcement, we’re throwing...

In light of today’s aquanautical announcement, we’re throwing back to the time NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory tested a probe in our Kelp Forest exhibit designed to detect life on #OceanWorlds! Primed to look for life in the most extreme...Show More Summary

‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Headed Our Way This Month

In 2014, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spotted a kilometer-wide asteroid which it named 2014 JO25.  After three years of monitoring the asteroid, NASA has now announced that it will make its closest trip past the Earth this month: This asteroid will approach within 4.6 lunar distances (0.0118...

WATCH TODAY: NASA TV to Live Stream & Preview ‘Grand Finale’ of Cassini Saturn Mission

NASA will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 4, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, to preview the beginning of Cassini's final mission segment, known as the Grand Finale, which begins in...        

Daring mighty things: Pathways to careers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Arizona State University graduate student Nathan Barba talks with some of JPL’s finest to get guidance and advice on how to join this illustrious group of space explorers.

NASA’s Shapeshifting Origami Robot Squeezes Where Others Can’t

Puffer, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, can explore places too risky for bigger, more expensive rovers. The post NASA’s Shapeshifting Origami Robot Squeezes Where Others Can’t appeared first on WIRED.

NASA’s pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can’t reach

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, and folding is its speciality. The...Show More Summary

Could leftover heat from last El Nino fuel a new one?

Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Show More Summary

"Intrigue of Icy Enceladus" --NASA Astronomers Probe Its Warm Underground Ocean

“Finding temperatures near these three inactive fractures that are unexpectedly higher than those outside them adds to the intrigue of Enceladus,” said Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “What is the warm underground ocean...        

NASA finds missing spacecraft using ground-based radar

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Two unmanned probes lost in space have been located by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Too small to be seen with optical telescopes, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Indian Space Research Organization's...Show More Summary

Homeworld Creators Reveal Collaboration With NASA's JPL

Blackbird Interactive Inc. teams up with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an interactive simulation.

Meteorology: High winds add to extreme deluges

2 months agoAcademics : Nature

Narrow bands of water vapour that typically travel over the ocean and dump huge volumes of rain on land, often causing flooding and landslides, come with another hazard — extreme wind.Duane Waliser of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Bin Guan of

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