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Caltech is Studying Chaos with One of the World’s Fastest Cameras

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 10:39 pm

There are things in life that can be predicted reasonably well. The tides rise and fall. The moon waxes and wanes. A billiard ball bounces around a table according to orderly geometry. And then there are things that defy easy prediction: The hurricane that cha... More »

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NASA Extends JPL’s Juno Mission to Jupiter

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 3:10 pm

NASA has extended the Juno mission being managed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to explore Jupiter through September 2025, expanding the science goals to include the overall Jovian system, made up of the planet and its rings and moons. In addition to... More »

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Explore Jet Propulsion Laboratory With the New Virtual Tour

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 10:24 am

From visiting mission control to seeing where space robots are built, the interactive tour lets online users explore the historic space facility from anywhere in the world. Have you ever wondered were the rovers we send to Mars are built, or where spacecraft t... More »

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NASA JPL’s Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th ‘Sol’ on Mars

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 10:06 am

It’s been 3,000 Martian days, or sols, since Curiosity touched down on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and the rover keeps making new discoveries during its gradual climb up Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain it has been exploring since 2014.  Geolog... More »

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Once Forgotten Planet Comes Back Into Focus

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 9:00 am

Years after its detection, astronomers have learned that a planet called KOI-5Ab orbits in a triple-star system with a skewed configuration. Shortly after NASA’s Kepler mission began operations back in 2009, it identified what was thought to be a planet about ... More »

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Caltech Professor to Share Insights on Artificial Intelligence

Monday, January 11, 2021 | 3:53 pm

With the necessary technological precursors now in place, the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence promises to reshape countless aspects of the world as we know it, according to Caltech Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Yisong Yue. Yue’s ... More »

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A Tale of Planetary Resurrection

Monday, January 11, 2021 | 2:17 pm

Shortly after NASA’s Kepler mission began operations back in 2009, it identified what was thought to be a planet about the size of Neptune. Called KOI-5Ab, the planet, which was the second new planet candidate to be found by the mission, was ultimately forgott... More »

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NASA Extends Missions for JPL-Managed Juno, InSight Space Probes

Friday, January 8, 2021 | 10:49 am

The Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter and the InSight Lander studying the interior of Mars —both managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — have each received mission extensions from NASA to continue their discoveries for years to some, JPL announced Friday. A ... More »

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7 Things to Know About the NASA Rover About to Land on Mars

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | 11:01 am

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which has started its approach to the Red Planet, will help answer the next logical question in Mars exploration. With only about 50 million miles (80 million kilometers) left to go in its 293-million-mile (471-million-kilomet... More »