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Historic JPL Mars Helicopter Flight Delayed Until at Least Wednesday

Saturday, April 10, 2021 | 10:43 am

A history flight in which a 4-pound NASA helicopter would attempt to hover above the surface of Mars on Sunday was delayed by at least several days Saturday, officials said. “#MarsHelicopter 1st flight attempt delayed to no earlier than April 14. During the hi... More »

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A Permanent Home for the Rath Al Fresco

Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 10:58 am

For 15 years, the eastern lawn of the Athenaeum has been home to the Rath Al Fresco, a part of long summer evenings at Caltech. This fall, construction will begin on a permanent home for the Al Fresco on the north side of the Athenaeum. The Rath Al Fresco bega... More »

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Pasadena Scientists Come to Grips with Geckos

Monday, December 22, 2014 | 6:54 am

There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around the Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job? Local scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working on adhesive gripping tools that could grapple ... More »

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Scientists at Forum Make Startling Prediction About Interstellar Travel

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 4:51 am

It is something that science fiction lovers have dreamed about for decades: the possibility of interstellar travel. The popular science fiction series Star Trek placed this achievement roughly two hundred years in the future, but mankind’s abilities may surpas... More »

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Caltech Creates New Academic Division for First Time Since 1970

Monday, September 23, 2013 | 4:31 am

The California Institute of Technology, in a move that creates an academic division unlike any other among its peer institutions, has combined the disciplines of biology and biological engineering into a new Division of Biology and Biological Engineering (BBE)... More »

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JPL Study Eyes Soot’s Role in 1800s Glacier Retreat

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | 9:07 am

A NASA-led team of scientists has uncovered strong evidence that soot from a rapidly industrializing Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps that began in the 1860s, a period often thought of as the end of the Little Ice Age.... More »

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JPL’s Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Monday, August 26, 2013 | 6:01 am

Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., the fourth of the agency’s four Great Observatories continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes. “I a... More »

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JPL Releases Image of Entire Earth Waving

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 10:05 am

People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA’s Cassini mission on July 19 — the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture. The mission has assembled a co... More »

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NASA Releases Medallions to Commemorate JPL’s Curiosity Mars Rover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 8:07 am

NASA introduced thousands of 1.75-inch diameter commemorative medallions “minted with test metal used during the engineering of Curiosity” to celebrate the first anniversary of the Rover’s landing on Mars.” The medallion features a three-dimensional view of Cu... More »