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NASA Releases Medallions to Commemorate JPL’s Curiosity Mars Rover

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 8:07 am

NASA introduced thousands of 1.75-inch diameter commemorative medallions “minted with test metal used during the engineering of Curiosity” to celebrate the first anniversary of the Rover’s landing on Mars.” The medallion features a three-dimensional view of Cu... More »


India Establishes Caltech Aerospace Fellowship

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 6:10 am

The Indian Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has established a fellowship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the name of Satish Dhawan (1920–2002), a Caltech alumnus (Eng ’49, PhD ’51) and a pioneer of India’... More »


Seeing Snow in Space

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:29 am

Although it might seem counterintuitive, if you get far enough away from a smoldering young star, you can actually find snow lines—frosty regions where gases are able to freeze and coat dust grains. Astronomers believe that these snow lines are critical to t... More »


Pasadena Scientists Find Evidence of Vast Ocean on Mars

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 10:13 am

Researchers at Caltech have discovered evidence for an ancient delta on Mars where a river might once have emptied into a vast ocean. This ocean, if it existed, could have covered much of Mars’s northern hemisphere—stretching over as much as a third of the p... More »


Scientists, Insurance Industry Experts Focus on Climate Change Fall Out

Saturday, June 29, 2013 | 4:52 am

The time to act is now. Obama said it in his speech on Tuesday, Senator Carol Lui said it at a public forum in Pasadena on Friday, and scientists say they have all the facts to back it up. The question about whether climate change exists in no longer relevant.... More »


Caltech Mourns the Passing of Francis H. Clauser

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 1:14 pm

Francis H. Clauser (BS ’34, MS ’35, PhD ’37), Caltech’s Clark Blanchard Millikan Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, passed away Sunday, March 3. He was 99 years old. Clauser was the chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science from 1969 to 1974. D... More »


Young Scholars to Compete for $100,000 at Caltech

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 5:32 am

On November 9 and 10, all roads lead to California Institute of Technology for a group of young scholars headed to the 2012 Siemens Competition Regional Finals where they will have a chance to win the $100,000 top prize in the national finals. The young schola... More »


NASA Administrator to Visit JPL, Meet With Mars Team on Wednesday

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 8:01 pm

Will a visit by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden calm the minds of scientists and employees of Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory when he speaks to them next Wednesday? Uncertainty hangs over facility after the disclosure of NASA’s budget earlier this w... More »


NASA Budget Unveiled, Serious Implications for JPL and Caltech

Monday, February 13, 2012 | 6:50 am

[Updated: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 | 8:50 a.m.] President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget has been sent to Congress.  NASA’s budget provides $17.7 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent, or $59 million, below the 2012 enacted level and “implements a lower cost program ... More »


Caltech Researchers Develop New Techniques in Cell Division

Saturday, September 10, 2011 | 6:03 am

Researchers at Caltech have produced the first high-resolution, three-dimensional images of a cell with a nucleus undergoing cell division. The observations were made using a powerful imaging technique in combination with a new method for slicing cell samples.... More »


JPL-led Study Confirms Earth is Not Expanding

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 2:01 pm

A JPL-led research team has confirmed what Walt Disney told us all along: Earth really is a small world, after all. Since Charles Darwin’s time, scientists have speculated that the solid Earth might be expanding or contracting. That was the prevailing belief... More »