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Launch of JPL’s Most Advanced Mars Rover Ever Now Just One Month Away

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 8:06 am

Excitement continues to build at JPL with the launch of the most technologically advanced rover ever sent to Mars just one month away. The JPL-built rover Perseverance includes an array of scientific instruments, and it will make aerospace history — carrying a... More »

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NASA’s Cold Atom Lab Takes One Giant Leap for Quantum Science

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 1:40 pm

This month marks 25 years since scientists first produced a fifth state of matter, which has extraordinary properties totally unlike solids, liquids, gases and plasmas. The achievement garnered a Nobel Prize and changed physics. A new study in the journal Natu... More »

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NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help

Friday, June 12, 2020 | 12:51 pm

You may be able to help NASA’s Curiosity rover drivers better navigate Mars. Using the online tool AI4Mars to label terrain features in pictures downloaded from the Red Planet, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm to automatically read the landsc... More »

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Stay-at-Home Ingenuity Turns CD-Drives into Microscopes and Centrifuges

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 4:27 am

Mike Vicic had a problem: you can’t send E. coli through the mail. In a normal incarnation of the Caltech course ChE 130: Biomolecular Engineering Lab, Vicic, a lecturer in chemistry and chemical engineering, would pass out plasmids (circular strands of DNA) f... More »

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Eight U.S. Manufacturers Selected to Make JPL COVID-19 Ventilator

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 3:01 pm

After receiving more than 100 applications, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California has selected eight U.S. manufacturers to make a new ventilator tailored for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The prototype, which was created by JPL engineers i... More »

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JPL’s Detective Aboard the Perseverance Rover

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 4:41 am

Mars is a long way from 221B Baker Street, but one of fiction’s best-known detectives will be represented on the Red Planet after NASA’s Perseverance rover touches down on Feb. 18, 2021. SHERLOC, an instrument on the end of the rover’s robotic arm, will hunt f... More »