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Caltech Launches Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 5:42 am

Caltech trustee Richard Merkin, MD, founder and chief executive officer of the Heritage Provider Network, has made a generous gift to establish a center for pure and applied mathematics at Caltech. The new Richard N. Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathemat... More »


NASA Extends Exploration for 4 JPL Planetary Science Missions

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 8:09 pm

Following a thorough evaluation, NASA has extended the planetary science missions of eight of its spacecraft due to their scientific productivity and potential to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the solar system and beyond — four of the chosen are he... More »


Former JPL Employee Set to Become 1st Black Woman on Space Station Crew

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 6:30 pm

Rookie NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, who holds a doctorate from UCLA and previously worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, is set to make aerospace history Wednesday when she launches on a mission that will make her the first Black woman to ever se... More »


Today’s Electric Vehicles Owe Debt to Caltech Alumni

Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 6:04 am

The future is electric. Caltech faculty members, students, and alumni have known it for generations, which is why electric vehicles have been a focus of research for the Caltech community for decades. Climate consciousness, rising fuel prices, and government s... More »


JPL’s Perseverance Rover Captures Video of Solar Eclipse on Mars

Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 6:38 am

? NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to shoot video of Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, eclipsing the Sun. It’s the most zoomed-in, highest-frame-rate observation of a Phobos solar eclipse ever taken from the Martian surface. Credit: NASA/... More »


Caltech Joins SEA Change as Charter Member

Monday, April 18, 2022 | 5:35 am

Caltech is one of three institutions named as new charter members of SEA Change, an initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that supports educational institutions as they systemically transform to improve diversity, equity,... More »


JPL Commits to First-Ever Space Industry Diversity Pledge

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 2:46 pm

Twenty-three space industry executives, including Larry James, interim director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, gathered at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 5 to pledge their commitment to advancing diversity across the col... More »


NASA Shows Off Psyche Spacecraft to Media in JPL Clean Room

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 5:14 am

Members of the media were invited to a clean room at JPL to interview mission leaders and see the asteroid-orbiting spacecraft before it ships to Florida for its August launch. Engineers are putting the final touches on NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, which is set t... More »