Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, (JPL) began at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena in the 1930s. After NASA was formed in 1958, JPL merged with it and became the agency's primary spacecraft center. Today, JPL is managed by Caltech, but receives its funding from NASA and has expanded its scope to include atmospheric studies, ocean studies and remediation of water and global warming on Earth. JPL works in collaboration with world-wide space agencies and observatories to gather data on planets, galaxies, and Earth observations. JPL is instrumental in designing rovers, telescopes and improving space crafts and employs thousands of scientists and engineers at its facilities

Address
California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109-8099
E-mail
jane.platt@jpl.nasa.gov
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Kepler's six years in science (and counting)

NASA's Kepler spacecraft began hunting for planets outside our solar system on May 12, 2009. From the trove of data collected, we have learned that planets are common, that most sun-like stars have at least ...

dateMay 13, 2015 in Astronomy
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Ceres animation showcases bright spots

The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are better resolved in a new sequence of images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4, 2015. The images were taken from a distance of 8,400 miles ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Ceres' bright spots come back into view

The two brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres, which have fascinated scientists for months, are back in view in the newest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn took these images on April 14 and 15 from ...

dateApr 21, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Cassini: Return to Rhea

After a couple of years in high-inclination orbits that limited its ability to encounter Saturn's moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returned to Saturn's equatorial plane in March 2015.

dateMar 30, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Planet 'reared' by four parent stars

Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star—our sun—other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared ...

dateMar 04, 2015 in Astronomy
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Dawn captures sharper images of Ceres

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the ...

dateFeb 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
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