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In a First, NASA Measures Wind Speed on a Brown Dwarf

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 10:25 am

For the first time, scientists have directly measured wind speed on a brown dwarf, an object larger than Jupiter (the largest planet in our solar system) but not quite massive enough to become a star. To achieve the finding, they used a new method that could a... More »

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JPL Agrees to Pay $10M to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 17:32 pm

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena agreed to pay $10 million and revamp its employment practices to settle a federal lawsuit alleging the Pasadena lab illegally laid off workers over the age of 40, according to a settlement agreement obtained Wednesd... More »

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The Man Who Wanted to Fly on Mars

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 13:38 pm

Even before this interviewer can finish the question, “Did anyone ever tell you this was a crazy idea?” Bob Balaram jumps in: “Everyone. All the time.” This “crazy idea” is the Mars Helicopter, currently at Kennedy Space Center waiting to hitch a ride to the R... More »

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Caltech Professor Explains the COVID-19 Virus, By the Numbers

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 04:59 am

Editor’s note: This piece is part of an ongoing series on Caltech scientists who are doing research on the COVID-19 pandemic, each according to their own specialty. From biology, to chemistry, to social sciences, and computing, the keys to fighting the disease... More »

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Caltech Scientists Turn Research Toward Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 12:05 pm

As the nation hunkers down during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our shared spaces have been left largely empty. The pace of life has slowed at Caltech as well, but hidden away in a handful of labs scattered across campus, Institute scientists are working to d... More »

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10.9 Million Names Now Aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 13:13 pm

NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency’s next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people did just that. The names were stenciled by electron beam onto three fingernail-sized... More »

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Revisiting Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, Scientists Find One More Secret

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 04:42 am

Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was Jan. 24, 1986, and soon it would meet the mysterious seventh planet, icy-cold Uranus. Over the next few hours, Voyager 2 flew wi... More »