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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Clocks 4,000 Days on Mars

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 3:12 pm

Four thousand Martian days after setting its wheels in Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover remains busy conducting exciting science. The rover recently drilled its 39th sample then dropped the pulverized rock into its belly for detailed analysi... More »


JPL Engineers Put Their Skills to the Test With Halloween Pumpkins

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 6:14 am

When mechanical engineers accustomed to building one-of-a-kind spacecraft turn that focus to pumpkins, the results can be hauntingly good. The annual Halloween pumpkin-carving contest at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California may be all in goo... More »


Caltech Researchers Confirm: What You Look at Most Is Often What You Want

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | 6:16 am

Researchers have known for some time that decision makers are more likely to select items that they look at more during the choice process—and, of course, packaging and placement can encourage this. This is called “attentional choice bias,” and it means that y... More »


Two from Caltech Awarded National Medal of Science

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 5:32 am

Barry Barish, Caltech’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, and Subra Suresh, a Moore Scholar and former visiting professor, have been honored with the National Medal of Science. Awarded by the president of the United States, the medal is g... More »


Voyager Team at JPL Focuses on Software Patch, Thrusters

Saturday, October 21, 2023 | 5:17 am

The efforts should help extend the lifetimes of the agency’s interstellar explorers. Engineers for NASA’s Voyager mission are taking steps to help make sure both spacecraft, launched in 1977, continue to explore interstellar space for years to come. One effort... More »