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JPL’s Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

The network of cracks in this Martian rock slab called "Old Soaker" may have formed from the drying of a mud layer more than 3 billion years ago. The view spans about 3 feet (90 centimeters) left-to-right and combines three images taken by the MAHLI camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Scientists used NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks…

A Pillar of Tech Transfer at Caltech, Has Passed Away

Larry Gilbert (center, with the cap) with members of the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer in 2002. Credit: EAS Communications Office, Caltech Just over 20 years ago, Caltech was a rarity among top research institutions:…

Caltech Remembers Martin Luther King’s First Visit to Pasadena, His 1958 Visit to its Campus

Photo: Image courtesy Caltech Y The Caltech community is holding a series of events in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and particularly commemorates this year’s 59th anniversary of the slain civil rights leader’s…

JPL Managed Satellite Rolls on an (Atmospheric) River in Video Animation of Recent Storms

  A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rains, heavy snowfall and flooding to California last week is highlighted in a new movie created with satellite data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument…

Caltech Astronomer Earns 2017 American Astronomical Society Award for “Young Stars”

Evan Kirby Credit: Caltech Caltech’s Evan Kirby, assistant professor of astronomy, has won the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy, an annual award presented by the American Astronomical Society, or AAS, to astronomers 35 years…

New Caltech Instrument, One of the Best of Its Kind in the World, Poised to Image the Cosmic Web

Chris Martin, the principal investigator of the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, inspects the instrument from a clean room at Caltech. Credit: Caltech An instrument designed…

NASA Scientist to Reveal Latest News About JPL’s “Final Frontier” Discoveries

JPL’s Deputy Chief Program Scientist Dr. Eric Mamajek Discovering thousands of new planets throughout the universe has become the new norm for scientists who say…

Remembering Caltech Crystallographer Richard Marsh, 94

Richard Marsh celebrates Linus Pauling's 85th birthday at Caltech in 1986. From left to right: Brahama Sharma, Richard Marsh, Linus Pauling, Sten O. Samson, and…

Caltech Professor Mike Brown’s “Hunt for Planet Nine” Featured on 60 Minutes

Last Sunday, January 8, the CBS television program 60 Minutes included a segment called “The Hunt for Planet 9,” featuring Caltech’s Mike Brown, the Richard…

NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System; JPL is “Delighted” by News About Psyche Program

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core. Image credit: SSL/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively. “JPL is delighted with the news…

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