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Caltech Researchers Unravel the Mysteries of Underground Kingdoms

Monday, August 23, 2021 | 12:42 pm

Picture an anthill. What do you see? A small mound of sand and crumbly dirt poking up through the lawn? A tiny hole disappearing into the ground? A few ants scrambling around busily. Not very impressive, right? But slip beneath the surface and the above-ground... More »

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Curiosity Rover Marks 9 Years on Mars With New Panorama

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 12:01 pm

Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Curiosity Mars Rover has sent home a new high-definition panorama depicting its current view from within the Red Planet’s Gale Crater to mark nine years of successful exploration. Curiosity’s younger sibling, the Perseverance Mars R... More »

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Caltech Theoretical Astrophysics Professor Receives Dirac Medal

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 | 5:45 pm

Saul Teukolsky (PhD ’74), the Robinson Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Caltech, has been awarded the 2021 Dirac Medal and Prize of the International Center for Theoretical Physics for his contributions in predicting the properties of gravitational wav... More »

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JPL Director Michael Watkins Departing to Become Caltech Professor

Monday, August 9, 2021 | 12:14 pm

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Michael Watkins is planning on leaving his position later this month and transitioning to Caltech, where he will serve as a professor of aerospace and geophysics, JPL announced Monday. Watkins has helmed JPL for five y... More »

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Caltech Gifted $100 Million to Develop Space-Based Solar Power Tech

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 | 12:42 pm

Caltech on Tuesday revealed the institution has been gifted more than $100 million by a businessman and university trustee to develop technology to collect solar power in space and beam it back to Earth. The endowment was made anonymously in 2013 by Irvine Com... More »

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NASA Awards SpaceX Contract To Launch JPL Mission To Jupiter Moon Europa

Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 5:39 am

NASA announced Friday it has awarded Hawthorne-based SpaceX a $178 million contract to launch Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s first mission aimed at conducting detailed investigations of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, including a search for potentially life-supporting... More »