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This artist's concept shows a robot with legs that have microspine grippers

July 10, 2014

Four JPL Suborbital Technology Payloads Chosen

From hopping/tumbling robots to gecko-inspired adhesives, various technologies, including four from JPL, have been chosen by NASA for suborbital flight.

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LDSD

June 28, 2014

Media Telecon: NASA Supersonic Test Flight Completed

A news teleconference has been scheduled for tomorrow, June 29, at 7 a.m. HST (10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT) to discuss the near-space test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD).

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The test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator rides on a balloon to high altitudes above Hawaii.

June 28, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Lifts Off

A balloon carrying a test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) has lifted off.

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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

June 11, 2014

NASA Media Telecon on Status of LDSD Hawaiian Test Flight

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what this delay in the LDSD testing means and possible next steps for the project.

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OPALS and the Moon

June 6, 2014

NASA Beams 'Hello, World!' Video from Space via Laser

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

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Artist's concept of the Titan Aerial Daughtercraft

June 5, 2014

NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

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NASA-developed space technologies benefit those of us here on Earth.

April 28, 2014

NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

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The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft with Caltech's CASIS PCG HDPCG-1

April 21, 2014

Caltech Cargo Launched to Space Station

When the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply mission launched to the International Space Station April 18, an experiment designed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Pasadena, Calif., was among the cargo headed to space.

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Flight Engineer Steve Swanson sent this image of the SpaceX Dragon

April 21, 2014

JPL Cargo Launched to Space Station

JPL's OPALS lasercomm experiment arrived at the International Space Station on April 20, 2014, via SpaceX Dragon.

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Artist's concept of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) aboard the International Space Station

January 30, 2014

NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals

NASA will fund seven proposals, including one from JPL, to conduct physics research on the agency's new microgravity laboratory, launching to the International Space Station.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's official entry, RoboSimian

January 13, 2014

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!

RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year.

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LDSD Packed Parachute

December 17, 2013

JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology

A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

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JPL Director Charles Elachi (right) and  Lars Høier, Statoil Sr. Vice President, Technology Products and Drilling Research Development and Innovation

November 22, 2013

JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development

Senior members from the oil and gas company Statoil were at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to participate in a ceremony for a recently signed agreement with NASA.

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The center of the Milky Way galaxy imaged on the big screen

October 17, 2013

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space

As the flow of large and complex data streams from space increases, so do strategies to handle the deluge.

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July 11, 2013

NASA's OPALS to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test new technology that could improve spacecraft communications and strengthen transmission of scientific data.

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DARPA Virtual Robotic Challenge (VRC) tasks included guiding the robot over different terrain, including uneven ground

July 11, 2013

JPL's Robosimian Advances in DARPA Competition

DARPA has selected RoboSimian, an ape-like disaster-recovery robot designed and built at JPL, to compete in the December 2013 DARPA Robotics Trials.

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Artist's concept of the Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment (INSPIRE) CubeSat project.

February 26, 2013

NASA Announces New CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

NASA has selected 24 small satellites, including three from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

January 9, 2013

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host the High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 5 and March 7 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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2010 PECASE Recipients

July 23, 2012

President Obama Honors NASA Scientists and Engineers

President Obama has named six NASA individuals, including one from JPL, as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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The new amplifier consists of a superconducting material (niobium titanium nitride) coiled into a double spiral 16 millimeters in diameter.

July 17, 2012

Researchers Develop New Amp to Study the Universe

Researchers at JPL and Caltech have developed an instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world.

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The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project will test inflatable decelerators

June 8, 2012

NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology

For the first time in decades, NASA is reinventing the type of parachutes being used to land on Mars.

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The device 'swooshing' into a satellite is the vacuum tube

April 10, 2012

NASA to Fly Atomic Clock to Improve Space Navigation

NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock will improve the way we conduct deep-space navigation by enabling a spacecraft to calculate its own timing and navigation data in real time.

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2011 FIRST Robotics competition

March 15, 2012

Student-designed Robots Take on March Madness

Sixty-six high school teams will take their robots to the courts this weekend to compete in the 21st season of the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

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NASA's Next-Generation Satellite Laser Ranging system

February 23, 2012

NASA Pinning Down Where 'Here' is Better Than Ever

NASA is helping lead a global effort to upgrade systems used to determine a terrestrial reference frame for Earth and improve the accuracy of Earth observations from space.

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CubeSat Artist Rendering and NASA's M-Cubed/COVE

February 14, 2012

JPL and Caltech CubeSat Proposals Move Forward

NASA selects 33 small satellites - including two from JPL in partnership with Caltech - to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2013 and 2014.

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NASA Engineers and Technicians transporting the SCAN Testbed

February 13, 2012

Advanced Communications Testbed for Space Station

An orbiting laboratory will soon provide new and improved ways for future space travelers to communicate.

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Annual JPL Invention Challenge

December 9, 2011

Student Inventors Kick it Into High Gear

Twenty-three student teams used devices they built to kick a football into the can at the annual Invention Challenge, held at JPL Friday.

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Sizing up High Operating Temperature Infrared Sensors

November 17, 2011

NASA Develops New Game-Changing Technology

NASA'S turning up the heat and weaving a path toward future exploration with development of new game-changing technologies.

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Artist rendering of an atomic clock used in a GPS system.

August 22, 2011

NASA Picks Three Proposals for Flight Demonstration

NASA has selected three proposals, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities.

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Paul Siegele, President of Chevron Energy Technology (left) and Charles Elachi, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director (right)

July 25, 2011

NASA and Chevron Partner to Benefit the Energy Industry

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, Calif., have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space.

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Fuel Cell Technology Engineering Prototype

May 26, 2011

JPL-Developed Clean Energy Technology Moves Forward

A clean, efficient technology to generate grid-independent electricity from methanol, developed by a JPL team in partnership with USC, has been licensed to a private company.

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This image shows the two PackBot

April 26, 2011

NASA Technology Looks Inside Japan's Nuclear Reactor

The seeds from JPL rover technology are being used to examine buildings inside Japan's damaged nuclear plant.

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First Robotics competiton at the Long Beach convention center in 2011

March 28, 2011

Future Engineers Unite at Robotics Competition

Multiple student teams from across California, and one team from Chile, participated in the 20th annual Los Angeles regional FIRST competition this past weekend.

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Students from

March 16, 2011

Students Compete in Lego Robotics Challenge at JPL

Students from across Southern California participated in a Lego robotics challenge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Eric Fossum (front row, center) and his team at JPL

March 3, 2011

National Inventors Hall of Fame Taps Former JPL Engineer

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring a former JPL physicist/engineer for a sensor chip used in cell phone and other digital cameras, and medical imaging.

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From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Apache Incubator, OODT is now an Apache Top Level Project.

January 4, 2011

Developers Support JPL-Led Software Architecture

A JPL-developed software architecture has been selected by the Apache Software Foundation to become a Top Level Project.

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Images from the FIRST Robotics competition

November 22, 2010

NASA Funds High School Student Robotics Program

NASA is providing up to $20 million over the next five years to support a national program to inspire students through the FIRST Robotics program.

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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., use a crane to lift a runner segment that is part of major surgery on a giant, 70-meter-wide antenna.

November 1, 2010

Major Surgery Complete for Deep Space Network Antenna

The seven-month upgrade to the historic "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, Calif. has been completed.

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Members of Rock N' Roll Robots (from left to right), mentor Julie Townsend of JPL, students Taylor Halsey, Salia Wilson, Katy Wooten

October 27, 2010

JPL-Mentored Student Robotics Team Meets The President

An all-female student robotics team, led by JPL scientists and engineers, is recognized by President Obama for winning the prestigious FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire award.

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FIRST Robotics competition

March 4, 2010

Robot Vs. Robot: Live in Washington and Across the Nation

NASA, in cooperation with local technology firms and sponsors, launches a nationwide series of high school robotics competitions that begin March 5 and 6.

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DSN antennas

February 25, 2010

NASA Breaks Ground on New Deep Space Network Antennas

NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications.

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Students from Crescenta Valley High School swept the awards, winning first, second and third place in the annual competition

December 11, 2009

Local High School Wins Invention Challenge

Crescenta Valley High School, located several miles from JPL, picked up top honors at the annual Invention Challenge, held today at JPL.

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Images from JPL's Invention Challenge

December 7, 2009

Watch Live as Kids Test Their Inventions in Annual Challenge

Tune in to see middle- and high-school teams showcase their inventions -- cardboard bridges capable of carrying up to 235 pounds (107 kilograms) -- in this year's Invention Challenge hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Artist concept of orbiter and robots.

October 27, 2009

Robot Armada Might Scale New Worlds

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes.

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JPL Chemist Adrian Ponce prepares samples

October 19, 2009

JPL Develops High-Speed Test to Improve Pathogen Decontamination

A chemist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has developed a technology intended to rapidly assess any presence of microbial life on spacecraft.

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The shoebox-sized ENose can monitor for 10 contaminants continuously

September 10, 2009

Electronic Nose to Return from Space Station

Sniffing out any potential contaminants on the International Space Station where it was stationed for the last six months, the JPL-built electronic nose, or ENose, is homeward bound.

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A blind person uses the dielectric elastomer EAP based refreshable Braille display

August 13, 2009

Braille Displays Get New Life With Artificial Muscles

Research with tiny artificial muscles may yield a full-page active Braille system that can refresh automatically and come to life right beneath your fingertips.

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Increasing Resolution

July 22, 2009

Technology to Treat Blindness Earns Award

Wolfgang Fink, senior researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is part of a Department of Energy-funded consortium that has received one of R&D Magazine's 2009 R&D 100 awards for developing an artificial retina.

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new silicon Molecular Beam Epitaxy that can process 8-inch silicon wafers

May 28, 2009

Honey, I Shrunk the Chips

JPL is home to the Microdevices Lab, a world-class facility where spacecraft chips are shrunk in size while growing in capability.

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close-up of the ionic contractile EAP material

March 25, 2009

Researchers Pump Up Artificial Muscles

Engineers from JPL and around the world are exploring the field of artificial muscles to invent "smart" devices that can grab and move objects.

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FIRST Robotics Competition

March 16, 2009

Lunacy Rules at First Robotics Competition

Sixty-one teams from Southern California, Arizona, Brazil and Chile faced off in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 13 and 14.

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students compete in past robotic competitions

March 12, 2009

The Robotic 'Right Stuff'

Watch students compete using LEGO® robots against the clock in a competition at JPL.

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Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference

January 29, 2009

JPL to Host High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 21st Annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 and 4, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel.

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November 19, 2008

NASA Plans Test of 'Electronic Nose' on International Space Station

NASA astronauts on Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission will install an instrument on the International Space Station that can "smell" dangerous chemicals in the air.

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conference logo

November 6, 2008

NASA Science Showcased at Supercomputing Conference

NASA will highlight some inspiring science and engineering achievements at an international conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 15-21. The conference includes research from JPL and five other NASA field centers.

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before and after views using software

July 22, 2008

NASA's JPL, Ames Win 2007 NASA Software of Year Award

NASA has selected JPL as one of two winners of the agency's 2007 Software of the Year Award for software to help detect planets outside our solar system.

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nanobolometer

July 11, 2008

New Nano-Device to See Invisible Light

JPL physicist Boris S. Karasik co-leads a research team that will help astronomers see invisible light.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

March 13, 2008

JPL Technologies Chosen for Space Technology Hall of Fame

PASADENA, CALIF. -- Two technologies developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been selected for the Space Foundation's 2008 Space Technology Hall of Fame.

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Benham Badie, M.D., director of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Brain Tumor program at City of Hope

January 16, 2008

JPL Nanotubes Help Advance Brain Tumor Research

PASADENA, Calif.- The potential of carbon nanotubes to diagnose and treat brain tumors is being explored through a partnership between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and City of Hope, a leading cancer research and treatment center in Duarte, Calif.

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Invention challenge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

November 30, 2007

Students Hit High Note in JPL Invention Challenge

JPL held its 10th annual Invention Challenge, an engineering and science contest for students and JPL employees, on Friday, Nov. 30.

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mobile robot nicknamed scarecrow

October 31, 2007

NASA Selects Partnerships to Advance Key Technologies

JPL will help advance key technologies to meet critical needs for NASA's mission, through several newly-announced partnerships selected by NASA.

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rover in new Mars Yard

June 21, 2007

Test Drive in Enlarged Mars Yard

A mobility-testing prototype for the rover that NASA will launch to Mars in 2009 climbs over a rock during a June 19, 2007, event to mark the opening of a newly expanded Mars Yard at JPL.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

June 6, 2007

NASA Technology Helps Detect and Treat Heart Disease and Strokes

NASA space technology is helping doctors diagnose and monitor treatments for hardening of the arteries in its early stages, before it causes heart attacks and strokes.

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In this image, a large, six-wheeled rover sits on a concrete floor in a laboratory against a light-blue background.

May 29, 2007

Future Mission to Mars

The 2009 Mars Science Laboratory, the mammoth grandchild of the 1997 Sojourner rover, is less than one year from the assembly, test and launch operations phase.

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colorful science images

March 19, 2007

Sally Ride Science Festival for Girls Returns to Caltech

Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, is presenting the Sally Ride Science Festival, held in association with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, March 24, on the Caltech campus.

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student and their robots compete

March 13, 2007

Students Rack Up Wins at Local Robotics Competition

A high school robotics team sponsored by JPL was one of three teams capturing top honors at this year's Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition.

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March 10, 2007

Student-Built Robots 'Rack 'N' Roll'

High school teams from around California are competing this weekend in a Los Angeles regional robotics competition. This year's robotic challenge, to hang tubes on tall racks.

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Magalene Powell-Meeks

February 23, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month: An Information Technologist

As JPL's first Associate Chief Information Officer, Dr. Magalene Powell-Meeks is responsible for making sure all of the lab's information technology needs are met.

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conference image

January 8, 2007

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 19th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 6 and 7, at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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JPL

October 20, 2006

JPL Innovation Honored

JPL has been honored for a research and development innovation -- an untethered, self-powered robotic system to visually inspect gas pipelines.

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Athlete rover

September 15, 2006

JPL Rover Stretches Its Legs

JPL engineers test Athlete, an All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer vehicle, in the Arizona desert. The robotic vehicle is capable of "walking" over extremely rough or steep terrain.
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Dr. Jeff Sakamoto holds nerve guidance device

July 19, 2006

JPL and Partners Study Device to Help Spinal Cord Injuries

Technology developed to help build better batteries for space missions is also being used to create a device that might one day help people living with spinal cord injuries.

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Lemur has the abilities of an octopus, a crab and a primate into a six-limbed robot with Swiss army knife tendencies.

May 11, 2006

Limber Robot Might Hitchhike to Space

Lemurs, those wide-eyed, active, monkey-like animals running around the island in the movie "Madagascar," are known for their ability to leap. A robotic lemur being tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory moves more slowly, but might someday take its own giant leap - by going into space with astronauts.

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Urbie, the urban robot

April 7, 2006

Robotics Technology Honored

A robot using technology developed at JPL was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The robot's twin at JPL is called an urban robot, or Urbie.
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robots compete in basketball tournament

March 28, 2006

Students Win Robotics Basketball Tournament

It may not be the final four, but it's definitely an exciting time for some Southern California high school students who won a regional game of robotics basketball.

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launch of ST5

March 22, 2006

Space Technology 5 Launches

A Pegasus rocket carrying three Space Technology 5 micro-satellites successfully dropped from its carrier jet. All three satellites are now orbiting Earth. The mission, part of the New Milllennium Program, will test and validate new technologies for future science missions. JPL manages the New Millennium Program for NASA.

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Deep Space Network antennas with superimposed areas to illustrate signals

March 21, 2006

JPL Performs First Two-Antenna Uplink Experiment

For the first time ever, NASA's Deep Space Network has used a pair of smaller antennas to successfully send two simultaneous signals to a spacecraft in deep space that were combined at the spacecraft to yield greater signal power.

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Artist concept of spacecraft

November 23, 2005

NASA Awards Contract for New Millennium Mission

The next satellite in NASA's New Millennium Program will be designed, developed and built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va.

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On the left, Resolute Bay seen from Earth Observing-1. On the right, a visual representation of the analysis done by JPL's Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software.

September 14, 2005

JPL Team Honored With NASA's Software of the Year Award

Software developed by a team of engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been selected to receive NASA's Software of the Year Award.

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tunable diode laser chip compared to eye of needle

August 17, 2005

Technology of Tomorrow: Space Exploration Technology Spin-Offs

The next time you pick up a cordless tool or look up at a satellite dish, will you think of NASA?

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on left, Resolute Bay seen by instrument aboard Earth Observing-1, on right, visual representation of the analysis done by JPL's new software

July 13, 2005

Software Learns to Recognize Spring Thaw

Spring thaw in the Northern Hemisphere was monitored by a new set of eyes this year -- an Earth-orbiting NASA spacecraft carrying a new version of software trained to recognize and distinguish snow, ice, and water from space.

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contestants and their solar-powered cars

July 8, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Solar Cars!

High school students from across the country and Mexico are on a 1,600-mile race in hand-built, solar-powered cars.

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superfluid made up of fermionic atoms

June 24, 2005

Whirling Atoms Dance Into Physics Textbooks

NASA-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., have created a new form of superfluid matter.

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artist's concept of arm wrestle between human and robotic arm

February 28, 2005

Artificial Muscles Get a Grip on Human Hand

Six years ago a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., issued a unique challenge: build a robotic arm using artificial muscles that could arm wrestle a human.

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researchers stand with cryostat insert, which was cooled to conduct the experiment

February 10, 2005

Physicists Hear High-Tech Whistle While They Work

It was music to the ears of physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, when they forced liquid helium-4 through thousands of tiny holes and heard a whistling sound.

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montage illustrating virual pediatrics

September 29, 2004

JPL Software Links Pediatric Doctors With New Research

Conjoined twins from Guatemala and the Philippines were recently separated after marathon surgeries in the United States, since their small communities lacked the quality medical care for the delicate procedure.

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Dr. Ayanna Howard with a SmartNav rover

September 2, 2004

JPL Engineer Selected as Young Innovator

Dr. Ayanna Howard, an electrical engineer at JPL, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's annual engineering symposium.

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Software of the Year Award

August 12, 2004

Mars Software Honored by NASA

NASA has selected a data visualization and simulation software package used by Mars rovers and landers, and a software package that can be used in aerospace and industrial flow fluid applications, as the "best of the best" software developed by the agency this year.

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The two red spots represent brain tumors

July 15, 2004

NASA Infrared Camera Helps Surgeons Map Brain Tumors

Using an infrared video camera developed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., surgeons are testing thermal imaging and image processing to see if they can create useful maps of brain tumors.

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Mt Erebus, Antarctica

June 25, 2004

New Software on NASA Spacecraft Monitors Active Volcano

Software on a NASA spacecraft recently made a scientific observation on its own without human interaction.

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Bonneville Crater

April 26, 2004

Black Magic or a Bag of Tricks?

In his office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Optics Engineer Larry Scherr sits before a buzzing computer, sketching geometrical shapes on a sheet of graph paper.

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Entrance to Goldstone

April 16, 2004

Virtual Visit: Dishes in the Desert

Get a little closer to space exploration -- and the Mojave Desert -- with our new virtual tour of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif. Use your computer mouse to see 360-panoramic views of the huge dishes that serve as one of three vital communications links between spacecraft and the Earth-bound teams that command them.

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San Clemente is the southernmost of California's Channel Islands

April 5, 2004

NASA Radar Aids High-Tech Digs

History can be hard to find. A forgotten letter molders in an attic. An ancient temple hides beneath jungle greenery. Even knowing that something is there doesn't necessarily make it easier to find - the classic needle in the haystack.

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tumbleweed rover in Antarctica

March 3, 2004

Tumbleweed Rover Goes on a Roll at South Pole

A balloon-shaped robot explorer that one day could search for evidence that water existed on other planets has survived some of the most trying conditions on planet Earth during a 70-kilometer (40-mile), wind-driven trek across Antarctica.

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Steps 1-3 for 3D images

February 23, 2004

How to Make Your Own Eye-Popping 3-D Pictures

Since settling in on the red planet, the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have sent back a number of 3-D postcards to countless fans outfitted in red- and blue-tinted spectacles.

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 tiny 3-Dimensional Artificial Neural Network

October 28, 2003

People Are Robots, Too. Almost

Popular culture has long pondered the question, "If it looks like a human, walks like a human and talks like a human, is it human?" So far the answer has been no. Robots can't cry, bleed or feel like humans, and that's part of what makes them different.

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SOHO image of solar flare

October 23, 2003

NASA Scientist Dives into Perfect Space Storm

Newly uncovered scientific data of recorded history's most massive space storm is helping a NASA scientist investigate its intensity and the probability that what occurred on Earth and in the heavens almost a century-and-a-half ago could happen again.

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Dr. Ayanna Howard

August 21, 2003

Dr. Ayanna Howard, Robotics Engineer

In this video profile, Dr. Ayanna Howard takes us to JPL's Mars Yard and more as she describes how engineers design and test future rovers for Mars.

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July 14, 2003

Art Meets Aerogel

The Louvre….the Vatican Museums….JPL? There is no doubt that the heavens and the exploration of space have inspired beautiful art.

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Meet the Humans Behind the Robots

July 11, 2003

Meet the Humans Behind the Robots

From investigating abandoned buildings to charting the hazardous terrain of Mars, engineers at JPL design robots able to confront risky environments on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.

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past FIRST competition

March 31, 2003

Robots Stack Their Way to Victory in NASA-Sponsored Competition

Complete with alliances and the thrill of knocking out your opponents, this competition is a little like the "Survivor" reality TV show.

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Artist's concept of Columbus' Santa Maria and a solar sail

February 24, 2003

Flying with Nature's Own Fuel

Hundreds of years ago, early discoverers used the Sun as a compass. Turns out the light of the Sun can do more than just guide us; it can actually propel us farther and faster into the vast realm of space than we've ever been able to go.

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Alberto Behar

December 19, 2002

Alberto Behar, JPL Engineer

In this video profile 'First Person,' JPL engineer Alberto Behar tests robotic technologies in the remote ice fields of Antarctica.

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Michael Poole (left) and Jonathan Wall in the spider-bot test sandbox

December 18, 2002

The Brains Behind the Bot

This is not the kind of bug you want to squash. The new Spiderbot is the leggy brainchild of JPL's Mobility Systems Concept Development section, including two ambitious engineering students and one recent graduate. Gabe Sibley, Jonathan Wall and Michael Poole spent their summer vacation building and testing this robotic hexapod.

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Art Chmielewski

October 21, 2002

Art Chmielewski, Project Manager

In this video profile 'First Person,' Art Chmielewski, project manager for New Millennium project ST6, discusses artificial intelligence and new technologies for NASA spacecraft.

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Latest 'Qwip' camera

September 30, 2002

When Not Seeing Is Believing

A revolutionary portable infrared video camera developed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory may open new vistas for doctors, pilots, environmental scientists and law enforcement.

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Ion engine being tested at JPL

September 3, 2002

Ion Engine to Open Up the Solar System

This little engine that could has more than made up for its diminutive size, proving that sometimes less is more -- particularly in space. It was the first non-chemical propulsion system to be used as the primary means of propelling a NASA spacecraft.

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E-Nose sits next to a flower

July 15, 2002

Sniffing Out Trouble

The importance of the sense of smell is not always as obvious as the nose on one's face. Despite the fact that there were seven noses aboard the space shuttle Discovery four years ago in the form of the human crew, the E-Nose had the ability to sniff out what they could not.

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Work in progress for new Spanish dish

July 8, 2002

New Spanish Dish Will Aid Interplanetary Communications

Construction workers erecting steel components atop a new concrete chamber near Madrid, Spain, this summer are helping NASA study Mars and comets.

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Engineers on the Mars Exploration Rover project make necessary adjustments to an engineering model of the rover.

June 24, 2002

JPL High Bays Give a Whole New Meaning to 'Clean Your Room'

Any fan of television medical dramas knows that operating rooms must be sterile. You don't have to be a doctor, or even play one on TV, to scrub in before entering the cleanroom high bays at JPL.

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Artificial muscle

June 3, 2002

Scientists 'Muscle' Sci-Fi into Reality

Scientists and engineers worldwide are focusing on biologically inspired technologies like artificial muscles and intelligence. In the future, insect-like robots might relieve their manufacturer's burden by packing themselves for shipping.

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Ann Devereaux

May 6, 2002

Wiring the Fashion Trend of the Future

JPL engineer Ann Devereaux is hard at work developing the Wearable Augmented Reality Prototype (Warp), a personal communication device. The voice- activated wearable computer allows easy, real-time access to voice communication, pictures, video, people and technical reports.

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Testing of airbags

March 25, 2002

How to Land Softly on a Hard Planet

Just one of the many problems in landing on another planet, after it's been determined where to land and the method to get there, is landing safely.

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Aerogel is 99.8% air

February 11, 2002

Ideas that Gel

The most obvious ideas are not always clear. Take aerogel for instance, a transparent, smoky blue substance that's been especially manufactured to bring home a piece of a comet, among other things.

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Mini-tumbleweed

December 21, 2001

Researchers Toy with New Rover Designs

The next generation of Mars rovers may not be what you'd expect. Someday, a giant "beach ball" rover may roll along the surface of the planet and make a flurry of new discoveries. Other rovers may literally hang on the edge to give scientists a good look at the planet's nooks and crannies.

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JPL machinist works on Mars '03 rover

November 19, 2001

Machinists to the Stars

It's the middle of the night at JPL, and the usual dozens of deer are on their nightly foraging rounds across the campus.

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Student-built robots, 2001 Regional Conference in L.A.

October 29, 2001

Robots Put Students 'First'

As the buzzer sounds, the robots sprint toward the center of the arena. Using metallic "arms" and other clever gadgets not seen on humans, the remotely controlled machines manage to grab a giant beach ball and attempt to dunk it into an oversized basket.

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A Black-Eyed Susan as seen by human, left, and bees, right

October 15, 2001

Bee Vision: The Latest Buzz in Space Exploration

Fortunately, many flowers help these hard-working insects by showing them patterns that direct them to food sources. These patterns, however, are only visible in the ultraviolet range, something that many insects can detect.

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Ultrasonic drill

September 6, 2001

Drilling into the Future

Imagine a drill that penetrates granite using only the power of a flashlight battery. Then imagine sending that energy-efficient drill to another planet to explore beneath the surface.

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Artist's concept of Tumbleweed

August 10, 2001

Exploring Mars: Blowing in the Wind?

Researchers exploring different methods to deliver scientific instruments to various Martian locales are studying the potential for a giant, lightweight, two-story tall beach ball.

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Urbie, the Urban Robot

June 26, 2001

Urbie, the Urban Robot

Rovers tend to be associated with space exploration. In 1997, the Sojourner rover successfully studied the surface of Mars. Today, engineers are designing the twin rovers that will go to Mars in 2003.

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Artist's concept of Aerover Blimp.

June 11, 2001

The Aerover Blimp: The Ultimate All-terrain Vehicle

Engineers are constantly planning for the future. In space exploration, this means coming up with innovative and energy-efficient ways to study harsh but scientifically interesting environments that are millions or billions of miles from Earth.

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