NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a world-renowned NASA center that took America into space for the first time and has sent missions to all of the solar system's planets. The JPL today supports a diverse array of programs in planetary and Mars exploration, Earth science, space-based astronomy and technology development. JPL is unique as NASA's only federally funded research and development center, staffed and managed for the space agency by Caltech. In addition to its flight projects, JPL developed and manages the worldwide Deep Space Network, operating communications complexes on three continents that serve as the gateway to missions across the solar system. JPL also supports varied research programs by world-renowned technologists and staff scientists conducting investigations in a broad range of technologies and disciplines.
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2022
20 Oct 2022

Beaming Clean Energy From Space

Once considered science fiction, technology capable of collecting solar power in space and beaming it to Earth to provide a global supply of clean and affordable energy is moving closer to reality. Through the Space-based Solar Power Project, a team of researchers is working to deploy a constellation of modular spacecraft that collect sunlight, transform it into electricity, then wirelessly transmit that electricity wherever it is needed—including to places that currently have no access to reliable power.
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4 Jul 2022

Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

Someday, a swarm of cellphone-size robots could whisk through the water beneath the miles-thick icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus, looking for signs of alien life. Packed inside a narrow ice-melting probe that would tunnel through the frozen crust, the tiny robots would be released underwater, swimming far from their mothercraft to take the measure of a new world.
24 Mar 2022

Cosmic Milestone: NASA Confirms 5,000 Exoplanets

The count of confirmed exoplanets just ticked past the 5,000 mark, representing a 30-year journey of discovery led by NASA space telescopes.
2021
11 Oct 2021

Rocks on Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Sustained Interaction with Water

Since the Perseverance rover landed in Jezero crater on Mars in February, the rover and its team of scientists back on Earth have been hard at work exploring the floor of the crater that once held an ancient lake. Perseverance and the Mars 2020 mission are looking for signs of ancient life on Mars and preparing a returnable cache of samples for later analyses on Earth.
8 Sep 2021

Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Perseverance rover has completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received data that confirmed the historic milestone. The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future.
16 Aug 2021

Flexible Material That can Stiffen on Demand

Scientists have developed a new type of 'chain mail' fabric that is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.
11 Aug 2021

$100 Million Gift to Fund Space-based Solar Power Project

Caltech is announcing that Donald Bren, chairman of Irvine Company and a lifetime member of the Caltech Board of Trustees, donated over $100 million to form the Space-based Solar Power Project, which is developing technology capable of generating solar power in space and beaming it back to Earth.
30 Jul 2021

Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More

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10 Jun 2021

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2020
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20 Apr 2020

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

With the launch period of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover opening in 13 weeks, final preparations of the spacecraft continue at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the past week, the assembly, test and launch operations team completed important milestones, fueling the descent stage — also known as the sky crane — and attaching the Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft in history to attempt power-controlled flight on another planet.
6 Jan 2020

Aquatic Rover Goes for a Drive Under the Ice

BRUIE, or the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, is being developed for underwater exploration in extraterrestrial, icy waters by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
2019
26 Dec 2019

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil.
15 Nov 2019

Strobe

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8 Oct 2019

NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons

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