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NASA Extracts Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 2:34 pm

In a major advancement toward sending astronauts to Mars, a toaster-sized instrument aboard the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-managed Perseverance rover successfully extracted oxygen from the atmosphere of the Red Planet, NASA officials announced today. The feat w... More »


JPL to Lead Large-Scale Asteroid Impact Response Drill

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 12:13 pm

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will lead a multi-agency practice drill next week to examine how authorities might respond to the discovery of an asteroid headed for an impact with Earth. The hypothetical scenario will be spearheaded by JPL’s Center for Near-... More »


Success! JPL’s Mars Helicopter Makes First Flight

Monday, April 19, 2021 | 4:46 am

[UPDATED] The Ingenuity helicopter, designed and built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, successfully completed a brief but historic flight above the surface of Mars early Monday. After being delayed by a technical issue last week, the tiny, sol... More »


JPL’s Mars Helicopter Flight Rescheduled for Early Monday

Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 5:42 am

NASA JPL officials said Saturday they’re targeting Monday for a historic flight of a small helicopter named Ingenuity on Mars that was postponed last weekend due to a technical problem. A livestream will begin at 3:15 a.m. as the helicopter team prepares to re... More »


JPL to Provide Instrument for Greenhouse Gas-Detecting Satellite

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 12:52 pm

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are providing an instrument that will allow a nonprofit-run satellite to spot “super emitters” of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, from space, according to JPL. The satellite, being... More »


ArtCenter Alum Designs Nissan’s 2022 Pathfinder SUV

Monday, April 12, 2021 | 10:39 am

A graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena is responsible for the design of Nissan’s revamped Pathfinder SUV line for 2022. Marcus Quach, who graduated from ArtCenter in 2013, is the senior exterior designer at Nissan Design America, based in La... More »


JPL’s Mars Helicopter to Make First Flight Attempt Sunday

Friday, April 9, 2021 | 4:30 pm

The small rotorcraft’s “Wright brothers moment” is two Mars days away. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is two days away from making humanity’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. If all proceeds as planned, the 4-poun... More »


JPL’s Odyssey Orbiter Marks 20 Historic Years of Mapping Mars

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 5:13 pm

NASA JPL’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft launched 20 years ago on April 7, making it the oldest spacecraft still working at the Red Planet. The orbiter, which takes its name from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic sci-fi novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” (Clarke blessed it... More »