JPL/NASA

JPL/NASA or NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory traces its heritage back to 1936 when it conducted it conducted rocket tests. The main headquarters is listed in Pasadena, but the field work and lab is in nearby La Canada-Flintridge in the San Gabriel Valley. JPL is funded through NASA, but it is managed by Cal Tech. JPL encompasses not only space exploration, but includes Climate, Water and an Environmental component. JPL is considered by some to be the brain trust of the space program which includes engineering, technology, climate and water research. JPL is the research and design center for space vehicles, the rovers and cutting edge research on climatology.

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Computer swap on Curiosity rover

(Phys.org) —The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active.

dateMar 01, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Saturn's north polar hexagon

(Phys.org)—Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings, which appear to disappear ...

dateFeb 26, 2013 in Space Exploration
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The nuclear reactor in your basement

How would you like to replace your water heater with a nuclear reactor? That's what Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, hopes to help bring about. It would tap the enormous power of the atom ...

dateFeb 19, 2013 in General Physics
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Russia meteor not linked to asteroid flyby

New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered that atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, ...

dateFeb 17, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Hubble catches a side-on spiral streak

(Phys.org)—This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel). Viewed almost exactly side-on, the intricate structure of the swirling ...

dateFeb 10, 2013 in Astronomy
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Pacific locked in 'La Nada' limbo

(Phys.org)—Sea-surface height data from NASA's Jason-2 satellite show that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is still locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state. This condition follows two years of strong, cool-water ...

dateFeb 07, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Cassini sees Titan cooking up smog

(Phys.org)—A paper published this week using data from NASA's Cassini mission describes in more detail than ever before how aerosols in the highest part of the atmosphere are kick-started at Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists ...

dateFeb 05, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Titan gets a dune 'makeover'

(Phys.org)—Titan's siblings must be jealous. While most of Saturn's moons display their ancient faces pockmarked by thousands of craters, Titan - Saturn's largest moon - may look much younger than it really is because its ...

dateJan 17, 2013 in Space Exploration
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