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NASA Leadership Visits JPL, Discusses Climate Change and Mars

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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy affirmed the agency’s commitment to studying climate change during a visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Thursday. The visit was hosted by JPL Interim Director Larry James and also included a meeting with scientists and engineers operating the Perseverance Mars rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Administrator Ne... More »

NASA’s Fleet of Mars Explorers to Go Quiet During Solar Conjunction

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NASA scientists are preparing to suspend communications with their fleet of robotic Mars explorers for the next two weeks as the Earth and Mars align on opposite sides of the sun, potentially interfering with signals between the two planets, according to Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The rovers, landers and orbiters will continue working autonomously and collecting data during the communications mora... More »

Perseverance Rover’s Photos Help Scientists Build Picture of Mars’ Past

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In its 217 days — or 211 Martian sols — on the Red Planet, Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Perseverance rover has snapped more than 144,000 photos with its suite of sophisticated cameras, providing researchers and other Earthlings with an unprecedented glimpse of the planet, as well as insight into its ancient history. Perseverance carries seven science cameras and nine engineering cameras, according ... More »

JPL Invites Public to Explore Mars in 3D Alongside Perseverance Rover

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Software engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory unveiled new interactive online projects Thursday that offer the public a glimpse of what it would be like to trek across the Red Planet along with the Perseverance Mars Rover. The two new features on JPL’s website allow users to track the rover’s progress and surroundings, in real time, with both 3D graphics and photos taken by the rover and ... More »

1st Martian Rock Core Samples Point to Wet, Volcanic Past

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Scientists are already making discoveries from the first two core samples drilled from a Martian rock by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Perseverance Rover, which were successfully collected earlier this week. Preliminary analysis indicates the rock being studied was formed by volcanic activity and also spent a great deal of time interacting with water, JPL announced during a news conference on Fr... More »

JPL Mars Perseverance Team Members to Be Recognized at Hispanic Heritage Awards

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Three Latina engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are the 2021 recipients of STEM Awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. They will be honored for their significant roles in the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission during the 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards broadcast on PBS Oct. 8, joined by Carlos Santana, Ivy Queen, and others. The JPL recipients are Christina H... More »

Perseverance Rover Secures 1st Martian Rock Sample in ‘Momentous Achievement’

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Perseverance Rover has sent back data confirming it has successfully collected and stowed its first Martian rock core sample. The sample, which was drilled last week from a rock by the rover, is only a little thicker than a pencil, according to a statement issued by JPL. It’s the first of many scientists plans to collect and seal in airtight titanium tubes so they can b... More »

JPL’s Perseverance Rover Collects 1st Sample of Martian Rock

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Perseverance Rover has successfully drilled its first core sample of Martian rock, the lab announced this week. Images sent back by the robotic explorer on Wednesday indicated it had managed to drill into a rock and retrieve a sample, which is meant to be returned to Earth for further study by a future mission, along with other samples the rover will collect, accord... More »

JPL to Take Part in Tribute Today to Gene Roddenberry on SciFi Writer’s 100th Birthday

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Two solar system explorers from Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be among a group of NASA panelists discussing the impact and legacy of the late famed writer and “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry on his 100th birthday Thursday. The program’s starring guests will be Roddenberry’s son, Rod Roddenberry, and “Star Trek” actor George Takai. Set to be one of the panelists, Swati Mohan, JPL Mars 2020 Mi... More »

Curiosity Rover Marks 9 Years on Mars With New Panorama

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Curiosity Mars Rover has sent home a new high-definition panorama depicting its current view from within the Red Planet’s Gale Crater to mark nine years of successful exploration. Curiosity’s younger sibling, the Perseverance Mars Rover, has hogged much of the limelight since landing at Jezero Crater in February. But Curiosity has been tirelessly taking photos, pulveriz... More »