News Articles for 2003

An artist's rendering of the Stardust spacecraft.

December 30, 2003

NASA Comet Hunter Closing on Quarry

Having trekked 3.2 billion kilometers (2 billion miles) across cold, radiation-charged and interstellar-dust-swept space in just under five years, NASA's Stardust spacecraft is closing in on the main target of its mission -- a comet flyby.

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Artist's concept of a Mars Exploration Rover

December 29, 2003

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status

NASA's Spirit rover spacecraft fired its thrusters for 3.4 seconds on Friday, Dec. 26, to make a slight and possibly final correction in its flight path about one week before landing on Mars.

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Artist's concept of the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter

December 23, 2003

Ion Engine Under Consideration for Jupiter Mission Passes Test

A new ion propulsion engine design, one of several candidate propulsion technologies under study by NASA's Project Prometheus for possible use on the proposed Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter mission, has been successfully tested by a team of engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr.

December 18, 2003

NASA Announces New Name for Space Infrared Telescope Facility

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced that NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility has been renamed the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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This image, captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope's highly sensitive infrared detectors, shows a dark cloud of gas and dust in the nearby emission nebula IC1396 brilliantly lit up for the first time.

December 18, 2003

NASA Releases Dazzling Images From New Space Telescope

A new window to the universe has opened with today's release of the first dazzling images from NASA's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility.

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This simulated view shows Mars as it might have appeared during the height of a possible ice age in geologically recent time.

December 17, 2003

Mars May Be Emerging from an Ice Age

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions have provided evidence of a recent ice age on Mars.

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An artist's rendering depicts the Stardust spacecraft as it

December 16, 2003

Catching the Wild Child -- How Stardust Stays on Target

Imagine driving through heavy fog to a place you've never been, guided only by a faint taillight in the distance.

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Simulation of Mars Rover spacecraft during descent

December 11, 2003

Tones Break Silence During Mars Exploration Rover Landings

On the phone, tones can signal a connection. On paper, they can add shape and dimension. On Mars, they can do both. This is why members of the Mars Exploration Rover Entry Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be on the lookout for a series of tones during the mission's landings in January 2004.

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Image of the nearby spiral galaxy Messier 31

December 10, 2003

Mission Captures Galaxies Galore

The most sensitive and comprehensive ultraviolet image ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest large neighbor galaxy, has been captured by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

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Alaska's freeze and thaw by satellite.

December 10, 2003

NASA Scientists Discover Spring Thaw Makes a Difference

Using a suite of microwave remote sensing instruments aboard satellites, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and the University of Montana, Missoula, have observed a recent trend of earlier thawing across the northern high latitudes.

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Artist's concept of a Mars Odyssey

December 8, 2003

Odyssey Studies Changing Weather and Climate on Mars

Mars may be going through a period of climate change, new findings from NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter suggest.

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Earth

December 5, 2003

The Measure of Water: NASA Creates New Map for the Atmosphere

NASA scientists have opened a new window for understanding atmospheric water vapor, its implications for climate change, and ozone depletion.

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Four computer generated views of Asteroid 6489, Golevka

December 5, 2003

NASA Scientists Use Radar to Detect Asteroid Force

NASA scientists have for the first time detected a tiny but theoretically important force acting on asteroids by measuring an extremely subtle change in a near-Earth asteroid’s orbital path.

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Radar image of ground deformation after an earthquake

December 4, 2003

Progress, Promise in Space-based Earthquake Research

Nearly 10 years after Los Angeles was shaken by the devastating, magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, scientists at NASA and other institutions say maturing space-based technologies, new ground-based techniques and more complex computer models are rapidly advancing our understanding of earthquakes and earthquake processes.

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Mars

December 4, 2003

Mars Missions Have International Flavor

A European Space Agency mission that will arrive at Mars this month has American participants, and Europeans are team members for two NASA spacecraft that will reach Mars in January.

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Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

December 2, 2003

Mars Rovers Head for Exciting Landings in January

NASA's robotic Mars geologist, Spirit, embodying America's enthusiasm for exploration, must run a grueling gantlet of challenges before it can start examining the red planet.

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Simulation of a spacecraft landing on Mars

December 2, 2003

Challenges of Getting to Mars

Two out of three missions to the red planet have failed.

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Comet Wild 2, as seen from Stardust's navigation camera. The image on the right depicts Wild 2 with respect to three stars the spacecraft uses for navigation. The image on the left is an enlargement of the region surrounding the comet.

December 1, 2003

NASA Spacecraft Pinpoints Where the Wild Thing is

Forty-nine days before its historic rendezvous with a comet, NASA's Stardust spacecraft successfully photographed its quarry, comet Wild 2 (pronounced Vilt-2), from 25 million kilometers (15.5 million miles) away.

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Artist's concept of Mars Odyssey

November 26, 2003

Mars Odyssey Mission Status

The martian radiation environment experiment on NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter has collected data continuously from the start of the Odyssey mapping mission in March 2002 until late last month.

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The Hourglass Nebula

November 21, 2003

Final Death Throes of Nearby Star Witnessed First-Hand

It takes only a few hundred to a thousand years for a dying Sun-like star, many billions of years old, to transform into a dazzling, glowing cloud called a planetary nebula.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in orbit

November 21, 2003

Our Amazing Universe: Vote for Your Favorite Image

You're invited to help NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrate 10 years of dazzling imagery of the universe from the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

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Mars Exploration Rover

November 20, 2003

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status

NASA's Spirit spacecraft made its third trajectory correction.

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Artist's concept of the Large Binocular Telescope

November 18, 2003

Largest pair of 'eyes' ever built to aid search for planets

Fully assembled, the Large Binocular Telescope resembles a face, gazing skyward with a pair of enormous saucer eyes.

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Deep Space Network under construction

November 17, 2003

NASA's Deep Space Network: Calling Home Is About to Get Easier

This winter an unprecedented number of spacecraft will need to call home.

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Dr. Jean Dickey

November 14, 2003

Dr. Jean Dickey, Physicist

The television program "As the World Turns" is an apt description for JPL physicist Dr. Jean Dickey's line of work: observing Earth's rotation and the factors that affect it.

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Mars

November 13, 2003

Delta-Like Fan on Mars Suggests Ancient Rivers Were Persistent

Newly seen details in a fan-shaped apron of debris on Mars may help settle a decades-long debate about whether the planet had long-lasting rivers instead of just brief, intense floods.

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Jupiter

November 13, 2003

Cassini Captures Jupiter in Close-Up Portrait

Jupiter, our solar system's most massive planet, has been captured in the most detailed global color view ever seen, courtesy of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Artists's concept of Space Infrared Telescope Facility

November 7, 2003

Two Cosmic Explorers Named ‘Best of What's New'

Two recently launched NASA missions won "Best of What's New" awards from Popular Science magazine.

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celestial image

November 5, 2003

JPL-Managed Missions Chosen for Study

A mission to study black holes, managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is one of five selected recently by NASA as candidate mission proposals to study the universe.

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The dish is lifted into position on the new antenna being built near Madrid.

November 5, 2003

Deep Space Network Gears Up for Interplanetary Boom

NASA'S Deep Space Network has completed a number of upgrades to help support the fleet of more than two dozen spacecraft touring the solar system.

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artist's concept of Voyager spacecraft approaching edge of solar system

November 5, 2003

Voyager Spacecraft Approaches Solar System's Final Frontier

NASA's venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft, built and operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is about to make history again.

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artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

November 4, 2003

Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status

A series of tests of one of the science instruments on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has enabled engineers and scientists to identify how to work around an apparent problem detected in August.

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SOHO image of solar flare

November 3, 2003

Cassini Spacecraft Captures Sounds of Solar Storm

University of Iowa Professor and Space Physicist Dr. Don Gurnett used NASA's Cassini spacecraft to record the sound of one of the largest solar flares seen in decades, as it moved outward from the Sun.

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montage of fundamental physics images

October 28, 2003

JPL Scientists Receive NASA Fundamental Physics Grants

Four scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif, along with 11 other researchers, have been awarded NASA grants totaling more than $6.4 million over four years, to conduct space fundamental physics research.

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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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images/technology/lightdetector-80.jpg

October 23, 2003

JPL Researchers Unveil Superconductor-Based Light Detector

A new and improved way to measure light has been unveiled by physicists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, both in Pasadena, Calif.

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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

October 22, 2003

JPL Engineer in a Class of Her Own

Dr. Ayanna Howard, an electrical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been selected as one of the top 100 innovators by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review Magazine.

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A Hubble Space Telescope image of circumstellar disc surrounding a young star.

October 20, 2003

Missing Link Sought in Planetary Evolution

Just as anthropologists sought "the missing link" between apes and humans, astronomers are embarking on a quest for a missing link in planetary evolution.

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South American Glaciers Melting Faster, Changing Sea Level

October 16, 2003

South American Glaciers Melting Faster, Changing Sea Level

The Patagonia Icefields of Chile and Argentina, the largest non-Antarctic ice masses in the Southern Hemisphere, are thinning at an accelerating pace and now account for nearly 10 percent of global sea-level change from mountain glaciers, according to a new study by NASA and Chile's Centro de Estudios Cientificos.

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Cosmic Jets Whoosh into Free Public Lectures

October 14, 2003

Cosmic Jets Whoosh into Free Public Lectures

Cosmic jets -- a common but mysterious phenomenon in the universe -- will be the topic of two free lectures to be held on Thurs., October 16 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, and Fri., October 17 at Pasadena City College.

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Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

October 13, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility, NASA's fourth and final Great Observatory, has been successfully focused.

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Associate Director Honored by American Astronautical Society

October 13, 2003

Associate Director Honored by American Astronautical Society

Thomas R. Gavin, associate director of flight projects and mission success at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. is being honored as a fellow of the American Astronautical Society.

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October 8, 2003

Research Scientist Receives National Minority Award

Dr. Claudia Alexander, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calf., is the recipient of an Emerald Honor for Women of Color in Research & Engineering.

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Saturn-Bound Spacecraft Tests Einstein''s Theory

October 2, 2003

Saturn-Bound Spacecraft Tests Einstein's Theory

An experiment by Italian scientists using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently en route to Saturn, confirms Einstein's theory of general relativity with a precision that is 50 times greater than previous measurements.

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away Eyed by Linked Hawaiian Telescopes

October 1, 2003

A Galaxy Far, Far Away Eyed by Linked Hawaiian Telescopes

A galaxy far beyond our own Milky Way, with a monstrous, churning black hole in its center, has been observed by two optical telescopes working in unison as an interferometer.

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Gallery of Mars Closeups from NASA Orbiter Adds 10,232 Views

September 30, 2003

Gallery of Mars Closeups from NASA Orbiter Adds 10,232 Views

Thousands of newly released portraits of martian landscapes from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft testify to the diversity of ways geological processes have sculpted the surface of our neighboring planet.

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John Kimball at work in the Denali National Park

September 23, 2003

Early Arctic Thaw Could Have Chilling Effect

Spring will be coming early next year to the great forests and tundra of the Arctic. Good for the vegetation, but perhaps not so good for the atmosphere.

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Artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

September 23, 2003

If You Thought That Was a Close View of Mars, Just Wait

As Earth pulls away from Mars after last month's close approach, NASA is developing a spacecraft that will take advantage of the next close encounter in 2005.

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NASA Awards Deep Space Network Operations Contract

September 22, 2003

NASA Awards Deep Space Network Operations Contract

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has awarded ITT Industries of White Plains, N.Y., a five-year, $274-million subcontract for operations and maintenance of NASA's Deep Space Network facilities in the United States and for support of overseas facilities.

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Galileo End of Mission Status

September 21, 2003

Galileo End of Mission Status

The Galileo spacecraft's 14-year odyssey came to an end on Sunday, Sept. 21, when the spacecraft passed into Jupiter's shadow then disintegrated in the planet's dense atmosphere at 11:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

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Galileo to Taste Jupiter Before Taking Final Plunge

September 17, 2003

Galileo to Taste Jupiter Before Taking Final Plunge

In the end, the Galileo spacecraft will get a taste of Jupiter before taking a final plunge into the planet's crushing atmosphere, ending the mission on Sunday, Sept. 21.

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

September 17, 2003

Surprising Jupiter

After orbiting Jupiter 34 times and surviving four times the amount of radiation it was design to withstand, the resilient Galileo spacecraft is finally at the very end of its 14-year mission.

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JPL Scientist Among NASA Trio Honored with Prestigious Awards

September 16, 2003

JPL Scientist Among NASA Trio Honored with Prestigious Awards

A prominent scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., joins two other NASA leaders being honored by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Women in Aerospace for their outstanding achievements in aerospace technology, education and community outreach.

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Lecture Brings Galileo's Travels into Final Focus

September 16, 2003

Lecture Brings Galileo's Travels into Final Focus

Just a few days before NASA's Galileo mission makes its grand finale, Dr. Rosaly Lopes, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will discuss the legacy of the mission in two free lectures.

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Marine Picks First Public Mars Global Surveyor Image

September 12, 2003

Marine Picks First Public Mars Global Surveyor Image

If you were given a chance to aim the camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter and take a picture of something on the red planet, what would you shoot?

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NASA Wants You to Be a Solar System Ambassador

September 11, 2003

NASA Wants You to Be a Solar System Ambassador

With hopes to further expand the successful Solar System Ambassador program, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is recruiting more volunteers to be Solar System Ambassadors in 2004.

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Lab Research Yields the Biggest Chill

September 11, 2003

Lab Research Yields the Biggest Chill

NASA-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have cooled sodium gas to the lowest temperature ever recorded -- one-half-billionth degree above absolute zero.

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NASA Satellites Sample Hurricane ''Ingredients'' to Help Forecasters

September 10, 2003

NASA Satellites Sample Hurricane 'Ingredients' to Help Forecasters

Every year, from June 1 to November 30, the Atlantic Ocean becomes a meteorological mixing bowl, replete with all the needed ingredients for a hurricane recipe.

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The dish is in a rural setting

September 8, 2003

Lending an Improved Ear

With the help of friends down under, calling home is about to get easier.

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September 3, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility has switched on two of its onboard instruments and captured some preliminary star-studded images.

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The team from 153rd Street School in Gardena, Calif., examines Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data.

September 2, 2003

NASA Explorer Schools Enroll in JPL 101

Teachers had a blast with the launch of the NASA Explorer Schools program this summer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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R.J. Gross and Rover

August 29, 2003

Teen Has 'Dream Science Vacation' at JPL

Many visitors to Southern California have Disneyland on their itinerary. So when R.J. Gross and his family made their way here from Pennsylvania earlier this month, the Happiest Place on Earth was definitely a target destination.

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Rising water causes beaches to recede

August 27, 2003

As Sea Level Rises, Beaches Shrink

The increase looks small, but the consequences are potentially huge. Rising sea level threatens to inundate low-lying regions, such as the Chesapeake, and dramatically increase coastal and beach erosion around the world.

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Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

August 25, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

Following last night's picture-perfect launch, NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility is positioned exactly where ground controllers want it to be, trailing behind Earth as it orbits the Sun.

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Space Infrared Telescope Facility Lifts Off

August 25, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Lifts Off

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility successfully launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:35:39 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:35:39 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, August 24) aboard a Delta II launch vehicle.

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Earth Has a New Look

August 22, 2003

Earth Has a New Look

A brand new look and understanding of the place we call home.

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New Findings Could Dash Hopes for Past Oceans on Mars

August 21, 2003

New Findings Could Dash Hopes for Past Oceans on Mars

After a decades-long quest, scientists analyzing data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft have at last found critical evidence the spacecraft's infrared spectrometer instrument was built to search for: the presence of water-related carbonate minerals on the surface of Mars.

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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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NASA Seeks Public Suggestions for Mars Photos

August 20, 2003

NASA Seeks Public Suggestions for Mars Photos

Earth comes closer to Mars this month than it has in nearly 60,000 years, but one new opportunity for seeing details on the red planet comes from a vantage point much closer.

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Programs Will Share Inside Story of Mars-Bound Robots

August 19, 2003

Programs Will Share Inside Story of Mars-Bound Robots

Two free public programs in Pasadena this week will offer an introduction to the challenges and excitement of NASA's project to examine two areas of Mars with robotic rovers that are currently flying to Mars.

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Yellowstone's Old Faithful Geyser, in visible and infrared (right) light.

August 19, 2003

Infrared -- Catch the Wave

When you pick up that TV remote to switch to your favorite channel, you''re riding a wave--an infrared wave.

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NASA Satellites Eye Forest Fires

August 13, 2003

NASA Satellites Eye Forest Fires

If a forest catches fire and no one is around to see it, can it call for help?

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This year's ALVA students at JPL.

August 11, 2003

Science, Studies and a Little Sun for Students at JPL

Thanks to a partnership between NASA''s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Washington College of Engineering, eight soon-to-be college freshmen are spending their summer working on science and engineering projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Asteroids Dedicated to Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

August 6, 2003

Asteroids Dedicated to Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

The final crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia was memorialized in the cosmos as seven asteroids orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter were named in their honor today.

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Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status

August 6, 2003

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status

The first in-flight checkouts of the science instruments and engineering cameras on NASA's twin Spirit and Opportunity spacecraft on their way to Mars have provided an assessment of the instruments' condition after the stressful vibrations of launch.

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Palomar Digital Sky Survey

August 6, 2003

A Rock By Any Other Name

It begins with a faint trace of light that besmirches an astronomer’s otherwise pristine image of a starfield. The process ends, if the observer is lucky, with an opportunity to dispense a cosmological version of immortality by naming a celestial object for an earthly entity.

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Artist concept of Lnader

August 4, 2003

Mars 2007 'Phoenix' will Study Water near Mars' North Pole

In May 2008, the progeny of two promising U.S. missions to Mars will deploy a lander to the water-ice-rich northern polar region, dig with a robotic arm into arctic terrain for clues on the history of water, and search for environments suitable for microbes.

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Dr. Gerard Holzmann, JPL Software Expert and Winner of Award

July 31, 2003

JPL Software Expert Wins Award

Dr. Gerard Holzmann, who recently joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has won a Thomas Alva Edison patent award in the information technology category.

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ion engine spare

July 30, 2003

Ion Engine Records No Tuneups, No Problems

The future is here for spacecraft propulsion and the trouble-free engine performance that every vehicle operator would like, achieved by an ion engine running for a record 30,352 hours at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Hubble Space Telescope's view of Mars

July 28, 2003

Mars Moves in for Some Quality Visual Time

Living too close to a neighbor may not be very appealing, but when Earth’s neighboring red planet moves closer than it’s been in 60,000 years, observers expect nothing but acclaim.

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galaxy Centaurus A

July 25, 2003

Intriguing Celestial Images Arrive from Galaxy Mission

NASA/'s Galaxy Evolution Explorer has beamed back revealing images of hundreds of galaxies to expectant astronomers, providing the first batch of data on star formation that they had hoped for.

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Jupiter  and Earth

July 22, 2003

Tiny Measurement Gives Big Boost to Planet Hunt

To detect the stellar wobble caused by a planet as small as Earth, scientists need an instrument of almost unbelievable sensitivity.

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artist's concept of Jason and Topex/Poseidon

July 21, 2003

USA-France Tandem Satellite Mission Serving Up Fresh Sea Fare

Take one well-seasoned oceanography satellite, the joint NASA-Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (French Space Agency) Topex/Poseidon, nearing its 11th year in orbit to study the world's ocean circulation and its effect on climate, mix in a fresh sibling satellite, Jason, and add a dash of ingenuity, and you get what scientists are calling the Jason-Topex/Poseidon tandem mission.

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Oceanographers Catch First Wave of Gravity Mission''s Success

July 21, 2003

Oceanographers Catch First Wave of Gravity Mission's Success

The joint NASA-German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) mission has released its first science product, the most accurate map yet of Earth’s gravity field. Grace is the newest tool for scientists working to unlock secrets of ocean circulation and its effects on climate.

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Students and Teachers to Explore Mars

July 18, 2003

Students and Teachers to Explore Mars

While the ultimate field trip might someday be an actual journey to Mars, NASA is doing the next best thing - giving high school teams the opportunity to explore Mars by working on specific research projects during the Mars Exploration Rover missions, set to land on the red planet in January 2004.

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Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

July 18, 2003

Mars Rover Opportunity Mission Status

NASA's Opportunity spacecraft made its first trajectory correction maneuver today, a scheduled operation to fine-tune its Mars-bound trajectory, or flight path.

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Asteroid Hunters Discover Near-Earth Object with New Camera

July 15, 2003

Asteroid Hunters Discover Near-Earth Object with New Camera

NASA astronomers in pursuit of near-Earth asteroids have already made a discovery with the newly installed Quasar Equatorial Survey, or 'Quest,' camera mounted in mid-April on Palomar Mountain's 1.2-meter (48-inch) Oschin telescope.

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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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Scientists, Students Dig High and Low for ''Dirt'' on Soil Moisture

July 11, 2003

Scientists, Students Dig High and Low for 'Dirt' on Soil Moisture

It's all about "getting the dirt." In this case, collecting detailed information about the soil.

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Dr. Gary Blackwood

July 11, 2003

Dr. Gary Blackwood, Interferometer Systems Manager

In this video profile, Dr. Gary Blackwood explains how this future mission will look for signs of other worlds like ours.

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artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover in cruise stage

July 9, 2003

Mars Rover Opportunity Mission Status

NASA's Opportunity spacecraft, the second of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, has successfully reduced its spin rate as planned and switched to celestial navigation using a star scanner.

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Newly Launched ''Opportunity'' Follows Mars-Bound ''Spirit''

July 7, 2003

Newly Launched 'Opportunity' Follows Mars-Bound 'Spirit'

Launched 'Opportunity' Follows Mars-Bound 'Spirit'. NASA launched its second Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, late Monday night aboard a Delta II launch vehicle whose bright glare briefly illuminated Florida Space Coast beaches.

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NASA Explorer Schools Program Takes Off

July 1, 2003

NASA Explorer Schools Program Takes Off

NASA launched a major new education initiative this week when the NASA Explorer Schools Program premiered at the 2003 National Educating Computer Conference in Seattle.

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artist's concept of star DG Tau and the dust disc surrounding it

July 1, 2003

Hawaiian Telescope Team Makes Debut Discovery

Astronomers have observed a young star ringed by a swirling disc that may spin off planets, marking the first published science observation using two linked 10-meter (33- foot) telescopes in Hawaii.

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Karreem Hogan

June 30, 2003

From VCRs to Spacecraft: Electrical Engineer Karreem Hogan

Karreem Hogan is an electrical engineer participating in an academic program at JPL.

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artist's concept of Seasat

June 27, 2003

At 25, Remembering a Trendsetting Seafaring Satellite

It only skippered the seas of space for a mere three months, but just as Gilligan's "three-hour tour" has continued on in syndication for decades, a salty satellite launched to study the oceans 25 years ago this week by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is living on through the many missions it has spawned.

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Odyssey image of Mars

June 26, 2003

NASA's Odyssey Orbiter Watches a Frosty Mars

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is revealing new details about the intriguing, dynamic character of the frozen layers now known to dominate the high northern latitudes of Mars.

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NASA Orbiter Eyes Phobos Over Mars Horizon

June 24, 2003

NASA Orbiter Eyes Phobos Over Mars Horizon

Images from the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard NASAs Mars Global Surveyor capture a faint yet distinct glimpse of the elusive Phobos, the larger and innermost of Mars' two moons.

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Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status

June 20, 2003

Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status

NASA's Spirit spacecraft, the first of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, performed its first trajectory correction maneuver today.

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artist's concept of Stardust

June 19, 2003

Stardust Spacecraft Mission Status

With 198 days before its historic rendezvous with a comet, NASA's Stardust spacecraft successfully completed the missions third deep space maneuver.

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South America Shines in NASA''s Latest Space Radar Map Release

June 19, 2003

South America Shines in NASA's Latest Space Radar Map Release

Straddling the equator and engaged in a titanic clash of great tectonic plates, South America is home to some of the worlds most scenic landscapes.

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Dr. Rolf Aalto stands on mudcracks

June 19, 2003

New Maps Open Roads to Research

Aalto's special interest is rivers and how they transport mass -- taking rock away from some places and adding to others.

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Spirit trajectory to Mars, not to scale

June 12, 2003

Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status

NASA's Spirit spacecraft, the first of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, has successfully reduced its spin rate as planned and switched to celestial navigation using a star scanner.

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lift-off of Mars Exploration Rover

June 10, 2003

NASA's 'Spirit' Rises on Its Way to Mars

A NASA robotic geologist named Spirit began its seven-month journey to Mars at 1:58:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:58:47 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time) today when its Delta II launch vehicle thundered aloft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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artist's concept of Space Infrared Telescope Facility

June 9, 2003

Scope Out NASA's Space Observatory Finale

An upcoming mission that will study the darkest and dustiest regions in the cosmos will be explored in two free lectures to be held on Thursday, June 12, at JPL, and Friday, June 13, at Pasadena City College.

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Girl with Dreams Names Mars Rovers ''Spirit'' and ''Opportunity''

June 8, 2003

Girl with Dreams Names Mars Rovers 'Spirit' and 'Opportunity'

Twin robotic geologists NASA is sending to Mars will embody in their newly chosen names -- Spirit and Opportunity -- two cherished attributes that guide humans to explore.

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Mars Exploration Rover is ready for installation of the fairing that will enclose it for launch.

June 4, 2003

NASA Will Send Two Robotic Geologists to Roam on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project kicks off by launching the first of two unique robotic geologists on June 8.

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artist's concept of Mars Express; image credit: ESA J-L Atteleyn

June 2, 2003

U.S. Partners Share in Excitement of Europe's Mars Mission

Americans are participating in several ways in the European Space Agency's first mission to Mars, launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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Dr. Keith Steinhurst

June 2, 2003

Doctor Prescribes Space Science to U.S. Troops in Iraq

A nuclear, biological and chemical defense officer for the Army’s 1st Medical Brigade, Steinhurst is an army captain who also volunteers as a solar system ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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constellation Hercules

May 28, 2003

Galaxy Mission Honors Columbia Crew with First Light

NASAs Galaxy Evolution Explorer has gathered its first celestial images, a first light milestone dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

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Theatre in the Rectangle

May 27, 2003

Theatre in the Rectangle

The great sculptor gravity ensures that larger, denser objects in the universe -- like stars, planets and moons -- take on the familiar spherical shape.

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Earth and the Moon (in background), seen from Mars

May 22, 2003

First-Ever Snapshot Released of Mother Earth from Mars

Have you ever wondered what you would see if you were on Mars looking at Earth through a small telescope?

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Simulation of deformation of the Earth's surface following the 1994 Northridge, Calif. earthquake, generated by Geofest, one of the QuakeSim simulation tools under development.  The Northridge fault is located within the yellow rectangle.

May 22, 2003

New NASA Computer Models May Lead to Quake Forecast System

Advanced computer simulation tools now being developed by NASA and university researchers may soon give scientists new insights into the complex and mysterious physics of earthquakes and enable vastly improved earthquake forecasting.

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This artist's concept shows a vacuum-sealed chamber with a cloud of ultra-cold sodium atoms suspended electromagnetically.

May 21, 2003

Frozen Light: Cool NASA Research Holds Promise

NASA-funded research at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., that literally stops light in its tracks, may someday lead to breakneck-speed computers that shelter enormous amounts of data from hackers.

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Newly Discovered Star May Be Third-Closest

May 20, 2003

Newly Discovered Star May Be Third-Closest

The local celestial neighborhood just got more crowded with a discovery of a star that may be the third closest to the Sun.

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Dr. Suzanne Smrekar

May 15, 2003

Dr. Suzanne Smrekar, Planetary Geophysicist

In this video profile, JPL's Dr. Suzanne Smrekar studies gravity's effects on Earth and other planets.

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Artist's concept of Deep Impact

May 8, 2003

Your Name Could Make a 'Deep Impact' on a Comet

People worldwide may celebrate July 4, 2005, as the day their names reach a comet. NASA is launching a campaign to send hundreds of thousands of names to comet Tempel 1.

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Artist's concept of Galaxy Evolution Explorer

May 6, 2003

Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission Status

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer successfully opened its telescope cover this morning at 4:32 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (1:32 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time).

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Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

May 6, 2003

NASA Brings 'Mars at the Mall' to Florida May 9 and 10

Part of Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island, Fla., will take on an unearthly tone during two "Mars at the Mall" days presented by NASA on May 9 and 10 to celebrate Florida's role as America's gateway to Mars.

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Dr. Gerard Holzmann

May 1, 2003

JPL Welcomes World-Renowned Software Specialist

Dr. Gerard Holzmann, a leader in software verification and validation, has joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to further develop the newly established Laboratory for Reliable Software.

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NASA ''Ambassadors'' Target the Future of Flight with Space Day

April 30, 2003

NASA 'Ambassadors' Target the Future of Flight with Space Day

About 35 volunteers in NASA's Solar System Ambassadors Program are planning an assortment of public activities across the country for Space Day, being observed this year on May 1. The events run through May 17.

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artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

April 29, 2003

Live Webcast Will Preview Mars Rover Adventure

A live interactive broadcast and webcast on May 1 will offer an advance look at NASA's plans to land two robotic geologists on Mars in January 2004 -- the Mars Exploration Rover mission.

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A representative image depicting the type of preview data available to Atmospheric Infrared Sounder users.

April 29, 2003

New NASA Data Helps Take 'Whether' Out of Weather Prediction

Your weatherperson's job just got a little easier, thanks to new data now available from advanced weather instruments aboard NASA's Aqua satellite.

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QuikScat's scatterometer.

April 29, 2003

Breaking the Typhoon Rules

Storms like Typhoon Varmei aren't supposed to happen. So when U.S. Navy ships were hit by this tropical cyclone in the South China Sea in December 2001, researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., decided to take a closer look.

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The L-1011 carrier aircraft takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Pegasus XL rocket/Galaxy Evolution Explorer under its belly.

April 28, 2003

Galaxy Evolution Explorer On Its Way

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft was successfully launched today from a Pegasus XL rocket released by an L-1011 aircraft off the coast of Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Station at 7:59:57 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (4:59:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time).

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Lectures to Cover Engineering Challenges of ''Hard Rock'' Science

April 25, 2003

Lectures to Cover Engineering Challenges of 'Hard Rock' Science

Scientists and engineers don't always dance to the beat of the same drum, especially when it comes to "hard rock" science -- the study of intact, crystallized rocks on other planets, which may provide clues to how these other worlds formed.

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Transforming Teachers into NASA Astronauts

April 22, 2003

Transforming Teachers into NASA Astronauts

Students and the public are encouraged to help NASA recruit teachers who can create out-of-this-world ways to educate students.

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Galaxy Evolution Explorer Looks Back in Time

April 22, 2003

Galaxy Evolution Explorer Looks Back in Time

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer will carry a telescope into Earth orbit that will observe a million galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic history to help astronomers determine when the stars we see today had their origins.

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JPL Open House to Take Visitors to the Planets and Beyond

April 21, 2003

JPL Open House to Take Visitors to the Planets and Beyond

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will hold an open house on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., taking visitors on a virtual ride through the solar system with this year's theme, "Journey To The Planets and Beyond."

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This series of images represent the center of the Milky Way galaxy, as seen in different wavelengths. Above, in gamma rays.

April 21, 2003

Shedding Light on the Universe

The universe has been described as a symphony of light. And just as any piece of music is comprised of individual notes up and down the musical scale, the dazzling display of light from celestial sources is made up of photons, or "packets" of light, scaled by energy along the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Coastal eddies off the Southern California coast (left), contrasted with local sea surface temperatures (right).

April 15, 2003

NASA and Naval Research Lab to Study Coastal Eddies

NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory will take a closer look at the swirling water phenomenon known as coastal eddies when they fly a specially-instrumented NASA airborne sciences DC-8 jet off the Southern California coast this month.

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frost-covered sand dunes on Mars

April 15, 2003

NASA Orbiter Camera Team Begins Daily Mars Picture Postings

The camera team for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission is beginning daily Internet postings of pictures that showcase the rich diversity of martian landscapes.

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comparison images of a glacier in Peru (left image was acquired Nov. 5, 2001; right image was acquired Apr. 8, 2003)

April 14, 2003

Peril in Peru? NASA Takes a Look at Menacing Glacier

An Earth-monitoring instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite is keeping a close eye on a potential glacial disaster-in-the-making in Peru's spectacular, snow-capped Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains), the highest range of the Peruvian Andes.

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Gusev Crater, Mars

April 11, 2003

NASA Rovers Slated to Examine Two Intriguing Sites on Mars

NASA has chosen two scientifically compelling landing sites for twin robotic rovers to explore on the surface of Mars early next year. The two sites are a giant crater that appears to have once held a lake, and a broad outcropping of a mineral that usuall

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artist's concept of Mars Global Surveyor

April 10, 2003

Mars Mysteries Revealed in Two Public Lectures

Two free public programs in Pasadena next week offer an overview of the historic Mars Global Surveyor mission.

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Artist's concept of Galileo passing near Jupiter's small inner moon Amalthea. Image credit: Michael Carroll

April 9, 2003

Galileo Millennium Mission Status

NASA's Galileo spacecraft serendipitously discovered seven to nine space rocks near Jupiter's inner moon Amalthea when Galileo flew past that moon five months ago.

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Geoff Marcy

April 9, 2003

Geoff Marcy, Astronomer and Planet-Hunter

Leading planet-hunter Geoff Marcy predicts the discovery of another Earth within a decade.

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Wirtz dunes, Mars

April 8, 2003

Prolific NASA Orbiter Adds Thousands of Photos to Mars Album

The winds of Mars leave their marks on many of the 11,664 new pictures being posted on the Internet today by the camera team for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission.

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Senior Engineer David Doody

April 3, 2003

David Doody, Spaceflight Operations Engineer

David Doody has been flying spacecraft since he was 5. Well, sort of flying them.

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artist's concept of 'entanglement

April 2, 2003

NASA Researchers Put New Spin on Einstein's Relativity Theory

Albert Einstein might be astonished to learn that NASA physicists have applied his relativity theory to a concept he introduced but later disliked namely that two particles that interact could maintain a connection even if separated by a vast distance.

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Dr. James Breckinridge

April 1, 2003

JPL Origins Theme Technologist Receives Goddard Award

Dr. James Breckinridge, Origins theme technologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been named the 2003 recipient of the International Society for Optical Engineering's George W. Goddard Award.

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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 Deep Space 1

March 31, 2003

NASA's Deep Space 1 Team Receives National Award

The team that developed and flew NASA's Deep Space 1 spacecraft will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' prestigious Space Systems Award.

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NASA Finds Wide Annual Fluctuations in Arctic Ozone Loss

March 28, 2003

NASA Finds Wide Annual Fluctuations in Arctic Ozone Loss

Ozone depletion over Earth's Arctic region varies widely from year to year in its amount, timing and pattern of loss.

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Image of a Cherry Blossom Tree

March 27, 2003

JPL Participates in Two Community Events This Weekend

On Sunday, March 30, JPL will join several companies and museums at the "Celebra la Ciencia" science fair at San Fernando Recreation Park, 208 Park Ave., in San Fernando.

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The Sky''s the Limit: Grand Finale for Twin-Telescope Survey

March 27, 2003

The Sky's the Limit: Grand Finale for Twin-Telescope Survey

The celestial harvest from astronomy's most thorough high-resolution digital survey of the entire sky, completed by twin infrared telescopes, is now online for scientists to scrutinize and the entire world to savor.

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Orion Nebula

March 27, 2003

Cosmic Objects -- Something Old and Something New

When the French astronomer Charles Messier was trying to discover new comets in the mid-18th century, he compiled a list of about 100 diffuse objects that, to his eye, could be confused with comets.

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Space Observatory to Study the Old, the Cold and the Dusty (Artist's concept).

March 25, 2003

Space Observatory to Study the Old, the Cold and the Dusty

A NASA observatory will soon open a new window to the universe.

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Students Join Scientists in the Snowy Rockies Via Live Webcasts

March 20, 2003

Students Join Scientists in the Snowy Rockies Via Live Webcasts

The team is studying snowpack from the ground, air and space this winter and spring to improve forecasts of springtime water supply and snowmelt floods.

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Astronaut Leland Melvin

March 18, 2003

NASA Astronaut Encourages Students in Los Angeles

NASA astronaut and former National Football League player, Leland Melvin, will make several public appearances in the Los Angeles area this week to explain NASA's Educator Astronaut program and encourage interest among young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Artist's concept of Space Infrared Telescope Facility

March 17, 2003

Observatory Boldly Goes Where the Human Eye Cannot

Equipped with advanced infrared technology, NASA will peer into unknown territories of the universe with the long-anticipated Space Infrared Telescope Facility.

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artist's concept of Cassini at Saturn

March 14, 2003

Programs Will Share Excitement of Saturn-Bound Mission

Two free public programs in Pasadena next week will offer a preview of the first mission to orbit Saturn.

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false-color infrared image of Ganges Chasma

March 13, 2003

NASA's Mars Odyssey Changes Views about Red Planet

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has transformed the way scientists are looking at the red planet.

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artist's concept of interior of Mars

March 6, 2003

Scientists Say Mars Has a Liquid Iron Core

New information about what is inside Mars shows the red planet has a molten liquid iron core, confirming the interior of the planet has some similarity to Earth and Venus.

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Space Infrared Telescope Facility Arrives at KSC

March 6, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Arrives at KSC

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility arrived today at the Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for its launch next month aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket.

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Rising Storms Revise Story of Jupiter's Stripes

March 6, 2003

Rising Storms Revise Story of Jupiter's Stripes

Pictures of Jupiter, taken by a NASA spacecraft on its way to Saturn, are flipping at least one long-standing notion about Jupiter upside down.

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North America

March 6, 2003

NASA's Newest Maps Reveal a Continent's Grandeur and a Secret

From Canada to Central America, the many grandeurs of North America's diverse topography star in a just-released high-resolution map from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

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Side-by-side of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data

March 6, 2003

A 'Smoking Gun' for Dinosaur Extinction

Chicxulub, located on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, eluded detection for decades because it was hidden (and at the same time preserved) beneath a kilometer of younger rocks and sediments.

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Sara Hyman with students from 2003 regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition

March 4, 2003

Sara Hyman, Mission Operations Assurance Manager

If the producers of Jeopardy do call Sara Hyman, who recently passed the game show's qualifying tests, she won't be expecting anything related to her job to turn up as a category.

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New Spacecraft Tool Reveals Massive Gas Cloud around Jupiter

February 27, 2003

New Spacecraft Tool Reveals Massive Gas Cloud around Jupiter

Using a sensitive new imaging instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, researchers have discovered a large and surprisingly dense gas cloud sharing an orbit with Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

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artist's concept of Galileo at Jupiter

February 26, 2003

Galileo Team Disbanding as Long Jupiter Tour Winds Down

The flight team for NASA's Jupiter-orbiting Galileo spacecraft will cease operations on Friday, Feb. 28 after a final playback of scientific data from the robotic explorer's tape recorder.

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first image from SeaWinds instrument

February 24, 2003

NASA's Newest SeaWinds Instrument Breezes into Operation

One of NASA's newest Earth-observing instruments, the SeaWinds scatterometer aboard Japan's Advanced Earth Observing Satellite 2 (Adeos 2)

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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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On the left, Dr. Stuart's image of the moon; image courtesy: Dr. Leon Stuart. On the right, Dr. Stuart; image courtesy: Jerry Stuart

February 20, 2003

NASA Solves Half-Century Old Moon Mystery

In the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 1953, an amateur astronomer in Oklahoma photographed what he believed to be a massive, white-hot fireball of vaporized rock rising from the center of the Moon's face.

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Supertyphoon Pongsona, December 2002

February 19, 2003

Free Lectures Feature New Weather and Climate Tools

Human nature yearns to understand our planet's weather and how we affect it.

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NASA''s Mars Odyssey Points to Melting Snow as Cause of Gullies

February 19, 2003

NASA's Mars Odyssey Points to Melting Snow as Cause of Gullies

Images from the visible light camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, combined with images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, suggest melting snow is the likely cause of the numerous eroded gullies first documented on Mars in 2000 by Global Surveyor.

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Women Working on Mars

February 18, 2003

Women Working on Mars

Imagine being able to respond to the eternal question of "what do you want to do when you grow up?" with a firm answer that you want to design or build a rover or spacecraft to send to another planet.

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NASA Ambassadors Spread the Wow of Space Exploration

February 14, 2003

NASA Ambassadors Spread the Wow of Space Exploration

NASA has selected a diverse network of volunteers nationwide to organize community programs that teach the public about solar system exploration.

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Angel Sanabria with children

February 14, 2003

Angel Sanabria, Solar System Ambassador

Whether he is talking to children or adults, Solar System Ambassador Angel Sanabria knows how to capture everybody's imagination about the wonders of space.

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Roll with the Rovers and ''Explore Mars''

February 13, 2003

Roll with the Rovers and 'Explore Mars'

NASA hosts "Explore Mars!" -- a Cape Canaveral-area community and family day focusing on the upcoming Mars Exploration Rover mission, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Radisson Resort at the Port Convention Center, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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NASA Scientist Clears the Fog on Gloomy Summers

February 12, 2003

NASA Scientist Clears the Fog on Gloomy Summers

The word California invokes many images: miles of sunny beaches, streets lined with swaying palm trees, mountains that touch the great blue sky and cold nights filled with thick, dense fog.

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Mars Exploration Rover 2

February 10, 2003

Twins Share a Room

Engineers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission are completing assembly and testing for the twin robotic geologists at JPL.

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NASA El Niño Expert to Speak at Long Beach Weather Fair

February 7, 2003

NASA El Niño Expert to Speak at Long Beach Weather Fair

As a dry Southern California braces for a possible return to wet weather next week, a NASA oceanographer known for studying how Earth's oceans affect our weather and climate and govern the El Niño/La Niña phenomena will present a free public lecture titled

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Space Sensors Sample Brews from Earth''s Volcanic Cauldrons

February 7, 2003

Space Sensors Sample Brews from Earth's Volcanic Cauldrons

Think of them as the Good Witches of the North, South, East and West, whizzing around the globe daily on their techno "broomsticks" in space.

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Satellite Helps Scientists See Quake Effects in Remote Areas

February 5, 2003

Satellite Helps Scientists See Quake Effects in Remote Areas

The unique capabilities of a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory-built and managed instrument aboard an Earth-observing satellite have allowed researchers to view effects of a major earthquake that occurred in 2001 in Northern India near the border of Pakistan.

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A 70,000-Carat U.S. Space ''Gem'' Marks Its Sapphire Anniversary

January 31, 2003

A 70,000-Carat U.S. Space 'Gem' Marks Its Sapphire Anniversary

At a mere 31 pounds, it was tiny by today's spacecraft standards. Yet as it sprang skyward from Cape Canaveral, Fla., 45 years ago today, January 31, 1958, aboard a Jupiter-C rocket, the Explorer 1 satellite carried with it the enormous hopes and dreams of a Cold War America.

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Dr. Claudia Alexander

January 31, 2003

Dr. Claudia Alexander

In this video profile 'First Person,' JPL's Dr. Claudia Alexander explains what we hope to learn from these dirty ice balls.

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Yachting magazine, Nov. 1982. Image courtesy: Yachting

January 31, 2003

Dr. Anne Kahle, Geophysicist

A pioneer in remote sensing, Dr. Anne Kahle has helped develop several innovative instruments that observe Earth from space.

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Evidence of ancient liquid water flows on Mars, imaged by Mars Global Surveyor

January 27, 2003

2003: A JPL Space Odyssey -- Join the Journey with Free Lectures

From the oceans that govern Earth's environment to the stars that illuminate outer space, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will share a wide range of discoveries in science and space exploration with the public in a series of free lectures this year.

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White dwarf stars

January 27, 2003

The Keys to the Stellar Kingdom

The Space Interferometry Mission will provide the breakthrough technology needed to pinpoint these two extremes of stellar evolution.

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JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

January 24, 2003

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 15th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 4 and 5, 2003, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Workers at Australian Site Save Space Antennas from Wildfire

January 22, 2003

Workers at Australian Site Save Space Antennas from Wildfire

Australian antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network used for communicating with spacecraft are back in normal operation after a close call with wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and took four lives in the Canberra area.

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Artist's concept of platypus and brown dwarf

January 21, 2003

A Cosmic Identity Crisis

Nature defies categorization. Think of the platypus, a curious creature that lays eggs like a bird but suckles its young like a mammal.

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What''s Shakin'' in Space Quake Research? Find Out at Free Talks

January 16, 2003

What's Shakin' in Space Quake Research? Find Out at Free Talks

Nine years to the week after the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory geophysicist who foresaw the likelihood of a large quake there will share the latest developments in space-based quake research at a pair of free, public lectures.

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NASA Mission Will Look at Clouds from Both Sides

January 16, 2003

NASA Mission Will Look at Clouds from Both Sides

CloudSat, the most advanced radar designed to measure the properties of clouds, will provide the first global measurements of cloud thickness, height, water and ice content, and a wide range of precipitation data linked to cloud development. The Earth System Science Pathfinder Mission is expected to improve weather forecasting and advance our understanding of key climate processes during its two-year design lifetime.

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Potential landing sites for Mars Exploration Rovers

January 14, 2003

Mars and the Final Four

Potential landing sites for Mars Exploration Rovers are relatively near landing sites for Viking 1 and 2, and Mars Pathfinder. The data is from Mars Global Surveyor.

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NASA Instrument Captures Early Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting

January 13, 2003

NASA Instrument Captures Early Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting

An international research team using data from NASA's SeaWinds instrument aboard the Quick Scatterometer spacecraft has detected the earliest yet recorded pre-summer melting event in a section of Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf.

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Houston on a smoggy day

January 7, 2003

Getting the Big Picture on Houston's Air Pollution

Now the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, an instrument that flies on NASA's Terra satellite and is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is stepping in to help researchers find out exactly where, how much and what type of pollution is in Houston.

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Astronomers Find a Hero

January 6, 2003

Astronomers Find a Hero

Heroes are usually confined to comic books and movies, but as the saying goes, we all need one. So astronomers have turned to the deep, dark cosmos to find their heroic figure -- the "Hyper Extremely Red Object," or "Hero."

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Earth and Asteroid Play Orbital Cat and Mouse Game

January 2, 2003

Earth and Asteroid Play Orbital Cat and Mouse Game

The first asteroid discovered to orbit the Sun in nearly the same path as Earth will make its closest approach to our planet this month before scurrying away for 95 years.

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