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Revisiting the ‘Pillars of Creation’

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 12:35 pm

This Herschel image of the Eagle nebula shows the self-emission of the intensely cold nebula’s gas and dust as never seen before. Each color shows a different temperature of dust, from around 10 degrees above absolute zero (10 Kelvin or minus 442 degrees Fahre... More »


Caltech Student Orators Set for Final Round of Competition

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 10:00 am

Seven Caltech undergrads, whittled down from the 290 who presented in October, will do their best to impress, inform, and generally dazzle the audience and judges with details of their summer research projects on Thursday, January 19, in the Beckman Institute ... More »


Voyager Instrument Cooling After Heater Turned off

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 4:35 pm

Artist’s concept of NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Voyager Mission Status Report In order to reduce power consumption, mission managers have turned off a heater on part of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, dropping the temperature of its ... More »


Planck Telescope Warms up as Planned

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 4:05 pm

This is an artist’s concept of the Planck spacecraft. Planck was launched with the Herschel spacecraft, though the two missions separated shortly after launch and operate independently from each other. Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech The High Frequency Inst... More »


Montana Students Pick Winning Names for Moon Craft

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 11:35 am

Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon’s gravity field, as depicted in this artist’s rendering. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year’s Eve and New Ye... More »


JPL Radar Treks to Great White North to Study Snow

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 5:45 pm

NASA’s DC-8 airborne science laboratory soars over the Pinnacles near Mount Whitney, Calif., during a checkout flight in the winter of 1998. The aircraft will validate several specialized instruments, including a JPL airborne radar, for the future Global Preci... More »


Cassini Testing Part of Its Radio System

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 4:45 pm

Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL Engineers with NASA’s Cassini mission are conducting diagnostic testing on a part of the spacecraft’s radio system after its signal was not detected on Earth during a tracking pass in late December. ... More »


NASA and Students to Announce Names for Moon Probes

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 1:45 pm

Artist concept of GRAIL mission. Grail will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail. Image credit: NASA/JPL NASA will host a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to ... More »


Noted Caltech Professor Harold Zirin, 82, Passes Away

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 11:05 am

Harold Zirin, a leading figure in solar astronomy and professor of astrophysics, emeritus, at Caltech, passed away on January 3. He was 82. Zirin was a pioneer in nearly all areas of solar astronomy, including solar radio astronomy. In particular, he made sign... More »