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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in Standby Mode After Battery Malfunction

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is an important tool for scientists studying the red planet. That's why NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory took aggressive action last week when the satellite reported a malfunction. The post Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in Standby Mode After Battery Malfunction appeared first on ExtremeTech.

SOL 5,000 --NASA's Solar-Powered Mars Rover Approaching Milestone Dawn

"Five thousand sols after the start of our 90-sol mission, this amazing rover is still showing us surprises on Mars," said Opportunity Project Manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The Sun will rise on NASA's solar-powered...        

NASA --"Newly Discovered Crystals Provide Evidence of Mars Water & Habitable Environment"

"These crystals are a new type of evidence that builds the story of persistent water and a long-lived habitable environment on Mars," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in...        

NASA tests atomic clock for deep space navigation

In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board. For 20 years, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been perfecting a clock. It's not a wristwatch; not something you could buy at a store. It's the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), an instrument perfect for deep space exploration.

Drunk History about Jack Parsons, rocket pioneer and occultist

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Jack Parsons (1914-1952) was a pioneering rocket scientist and part of the team that founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was also a deep devotee of Aleister Crowley and worked some heavy duty occult rituals with none other than L. Show More Summary

Today's Top Space Headline: "Search for Alien Life is the Ultimate Test for AI"

According to Steve Chien, Technical Group Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group and Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, not only is AI becoming an integral part of advancing space exploration, it has become clear that the search... Show More Summary

NASA Wants to Send Probe to Alpha Centauri in 2069

If you thought NASA was playing the long game with its plan to put people on Mars in the 2030s, you haven't seen anything yet. New Scientist has learned that a team at the administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has started planning a mission that would send a spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri system in... Show More Summary

Prototype space sensors take test ride on NASA ER-2

Scientists recently completed test flights with prototypes of potential satellite sensors—including two from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California—over the Western United States, probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems.

NASA Is Looking For Life On Exoplanets In 2069 (Nice)

Anthony Freeman is from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and he just presented a very interesting mission concept at the 2017 American Geophysical Union conference. Namely, launching a spacecraft to the relatively nearby three-star Alpha Centauri system to search an exoplanet for signs of life. But not until 2069. More »      

Water loss caused Sierra Nevada to grow an inch during California drought, researchers say

The Sierra Nevada mountains grew nearly an inch taller during the recent drought and shrank by half an inch when water and snow returned to the area, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Researchers used 1,300 GPS stations throughout the mountain...

NASA airborne science team surveys California fires

A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. Show More Summary

How NASA’s Search for Aliens Helped Detect Breast Cancer

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory can find the tiniest microorganisms—something that turned out handy for breast cancer researchers.

JPL Pits Human Against AI in Drone Race, But Who Wins?

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently conducted the ultimate test of artificial versus human intelligence: drone racing. JPL capped off two years of drone autonomy research (funded by Google) with an October […] The post JPL Pits Human Against AI in Drone Race, But Who Wins? appeared first on Geek.com.

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called “attitude control hrusters,” have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. Show More Summary

What’s up, NASA? Your night sky tips for December are so misleading

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides a useful service each month in publishing a “What’s Up” video to tell the public The post What’s up, NASA? Your night sky tips for December are so misleading appeared first on Skymania News. Republication on other sites is not permitted. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Greetings to the Universe.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech presents Greetings to the Universe in 55 Different Languages: A golden phonograph record was attached to each of the Voyager spacecraft that were launched almost 25 years ago. One of the purposes was to send a message to extraterrestrials who might find the spacecraft as the spacecraft journeyed through […]

Human pilot holds off NASA's autonomous racing drones

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Autonomous drones that can safely navigate obstacles have huge potential for everything from delivering goods to providing disaster relief, but they'll need to prove themselves first. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently pitted...Show More Summary

NASA Proves Humans Fly Drones Better Than AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) still has a ways to go before it reigns supreme. In October, a group of researchers at California’s NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) pitted a professional human drone racer, Ken Loo, against an AI-piloted drone. Show More Summary

Human pilot beats AI in drone race

Anything you can do, AI can do better. Eventually. On October 12, NASA put on its own demonstration, pitting an AI-piloted racing drone against world-renowned drone pilot Ken Loo. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, whoShow More Summary

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