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
A new experimental weather satellite no bigger than a cereal box got an inside look at Hurricane Florence in a test of technology that could influence the future of storm monitoring from space. The satellite took its first ...
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During NASA's Cassini mission's final distant encounter with Saturn's giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured the enigmatic moon's north polar landscape of lakes and seas, which are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.
A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate.
Ambitious climbers, forget Mt. Everest. Dream about Mars.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spent 15 years in space. In honor of this anniversary, 15 of Spitzer's greatest discoveries are featured in a gallery.
Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime—and is still going strong after 15 years.