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NASA Concludes Attempts to Contact Mars Rover Spirit

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 6:02 am

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010. A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activi... More »

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JPL’s Cassini and Telescope See Violent Saturn Storm

Friday, May 20, 2011 | 4:04 pm

Jet Propulsion Laboratories’ NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground- based telescope have tracked the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere that is so powerful it stretches around the entire planet. ... More »

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NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer Helps Confirm Nature of Dark Energy

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 3:54 pm

A five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies, stretching back seven billion years in cosmic time, has led to one of the best independent confirmations that dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds. The survey used data from NASA’s space-based... More »

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Earth Day Tour Begins and Ends with Bicycles

Monday, April 25, 2011 | 9:59 am

C.I.C.L.E.’s Felicia Williams (on bicycle at far right) rounds the bend from Colorado Blvd. onto South Raymond Ave. as she leads Earth Day bicycle tourists towards the day’s final destination, the LEEDS-certified Church of Scientology of Pasadena building. It ... More »

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NASA Study Sheds Light on Ozone Hole Chemistry

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 7:40 pm

A new NASA study of Earth’s polar ozone layer reinforces scientists’ understanding of how human-produced chlorine chemicals involved in the destruction of ozone interact with each other. A team of scientists led by Michelle Santee of JPL examined how nighttime... More »

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NASA Administrator to Be Caltech Commencement Speaker

Monday, February 8, 2010 | 2:21 pm

NASA administrator Charles Bolden (Major General, USMC ret.) will be the speaker for Caltech’s 116th annual commencement on June 11 of this year. General Bolden was appointed the 12th administrator of NASA in July 2009. In this capacity, he leads the NASA team... More »

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Discovering Other Earths, Far Away

Thursday, February 4, 2010 | 6:46 am

JPL astronomer Dr. Mark Swain has announced a breakthrough observational technique which analyzes the atmospheres of distant planets and speeds up the search for other “Earths.” Surprisingly, the technique uses small ground-based telescopes and does not rely u... More »

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Got a Computer? You Need This Man

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 2:40 pm

  David Burnham, computer guru It’s all relative (as Einstein used to say). So when you meet a man who’s been repairing computers since 1990 – for almost 20 years – you’ve got to think you’re meeting someone who knows more about computers than just about ... More »

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Astronomers World-Wide Await Pasadena Decision

Saturday, July 18, 2009 | 6:26 am

The board of Pasadena-based Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will decide on Monday and Tuesday where in the world to build a unique, $1.2 billion instrument many believe will produce images 12 times sharper than the  Hubble Space Telescope. The project is conside... More »

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NASA Releases Orbiting Carbon Observatory Report

Friday, July 17, 2009 | 10:49 am

A NASA panel that investigated the unsuccessful Feb. 24 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, has completed its report. NASA’s OCO satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide launched aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in C... More »

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Caltech Chemists Say Antibody Surrogates Are Just a “Click” Away

Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 3:38 pm

Chemists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Scripps Research Institute have developed an innovative technique to create cheap but highly stable chemicals that have the potential to take the place of the antibodies used in many standard... More »