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Comet to Put On ‘Once-In-Our-Lifetimes’ Show This Weekend: JPL

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 8:50 am

Pasadena missed out on the fireworks at the Rose Bowl this year, but a comet will provide a show to remember starting this weekend, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A comet known to scientists as C/2020 F3 NEOWISE,will be most visible in the nort... More »

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JPL’s Venus Rover Challenge Winners Announced

Monday, July 6, 2020 | 4:05 pm

How do you design a vehicle that can withstand the furnace-like heat and crushing pressures of Venus? One idea being explored by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a wind-powered clockwork rover, and it’s just been given a boost by designers, the maker commun... More »

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Mars Rover Curiosity’s Summer Road Trip Has Begun

Monday, July 6, 2020 | 9:24 am

After more than a year in a clay-rich region, Curiosity is making a mile-long journey around some deep sand so that it can explore higher up Mount Sharp. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has started a road trip that will continue through the summer across roughly a... More »

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JPL Invites Students to ‘Reinvent the Wheel’ for Mars Rovers

Monday, June 29, 2020 | 12:30 pm

The planetary explorers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are inviting students across the nation to design their own versions of wheels to help robotic rovers traverse the Red Planet. Entries as digital 3-D models are preferred, although student... More »

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NASA Extends JPL’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Mission

Sunday, June 28, 2020 | 4:04 am

Smart phone apps provide nearly instantaneous navigation on Earth; the Deep Space Atomic Clock could do the same for future robotic and human explorers. As the time when NASA will begin sending humans back to the Moon draws closer, crewed trips to Mars are an ... More »

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Caltech Neuroscientists Probe How We Make Decisions Based on Memories

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 4:33 am

Most of us know that feeling of trying to retrieve a memory that does not come right away. You might be watching a romantic comedy featuring that famous character actor who always plays the best friend and find yourself unable to recall her name (it’s Judy Gre... More »

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Caltech Astronomers: Black Hole Collision May Have Exploded with Light

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 8:48 am

Caltech scientists may have spotted light emanating from a pair of coalescing black holes. The event would mark the first time light has been seen coming from a merger of black holes When two black holes spiral around each other and ultimately collide, they se... More »

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Launch of JPL’s Most Advanced Mars Rover Ever Now Just One Month Away

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 8:06 am

Excitement continues to build at JPL with the launch of the most technologically advanced rover ever sent to Mars just one month away. The JPL-built rover Perseverance includes an array of scientific instruments, and it will make aerospace history — carrying a... More »