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Experimenting, Testing of Safer Space Suit Materials will Be Conducted on JPL’s 2020 Mars Rover Mission

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission will most likely carry a payload of materials used for making space suits for astronauts, as a first step in determining what kind of suits the first Earthmen on Mars should have on when they land on the planet. Last year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena invited the Advanced Space Suit team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) to…

Rover Mission Now Being Built at JPL will Carry Home a Piece of Mars on 2020 Mission

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020…

The Mind Behind the (Insect) Brains, Caltech’s Dr. Michael Dickinson Explores the Brain of the Modern Fly, as it Relates to the Ancient World

Dr. Michael Dickinson and a strobe picture of a fruit fly in free flight. Images, Caltech and Floris van Breugel 400 million years ago, insects evolved the ability to fly, and nothing has been the…

Where in the Universe is Elon Musk’s Tesla? JPL Knows

Tuesday’s maiden launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had many a jaw-dropping moment, but none more so than Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster sports car being “driven” into space with a mannequin dubbed Starman…

Can Science Fiction Predict the Future?

Caltech Planetary Sciences graduate student Harriet Brettle Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise crouches behind a boulder as a drooling alien fires killer laser beams at him. Kirk turns to the camera…

Sunday, March 11

Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 16X Ready to Roll in Pasadena

Image Courtesy SCALE 16X The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo, the first-of-the-year Linux and Open Source Software expo worldwide, is slated for March 8-11…

Friday, March 23

Symposium to Honor Former Caltech President and Nobelist

David Baltimore Credit: Bob PazOn Friday, March 23, 2018, a celebration and scientific symposium will be held in honor of the 80th birthday of David…

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JPL Hopes To Put a Robot Spacecraft on Mars This Year to Study Its – and Our – Origins

NASA/JPL-Caltech An artists' rendering of the robot NASA will send to Mars in 2018. While NASA has made several successful voyages to the Red Planet over the last few decades, an upcoming 2018 trip will be the first to feature a robot with technologies designed to understand what goes on underneath its surface. That’s the goal anyway, according to Jet Propulsion Lab’s Sue Smrekar, the deputy principal investigator of the mission, dubbed “InSight.” “We have yet to look inside of Mars. We have only seen less than one percent of it,” says Smrekar. “What we are going to do now…

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