News Articles for 2002

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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Spider-bot and Robert Hogg

December 18, 2002

Robert Hogg, Engineering Robots of the Future

In just five years at JPL, Hogg has already worked on some of the latest robotic vehicles to explore our own planet and beyond.

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

December 17, 2002

Galileo Millennium Mission Status

NASA's Galileo spacecraft has begun transmitting high-priority scientific information that was collected and stored on its tape recorder during the orbiter's early-November dash by Jupiter, which brought it closer to the planet than ever before.

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Astronomy students at Hohenfels High School, Germany, commanded the Goldstone radio telescope

December 16, 2002

Schools' Radio-Telescope Project Goes International

Most students at Hohenfels High School in Germany are from U.S. military families posted overseas. Sometimes America can seem far away.

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Adeos 2 launch, with SeaWinds instrument on board; Image copyright of NASDA

December 13, 2002

Launch Gives Weather Forecasters Twin Wind Watchers

Weather and climate forecasters will double their pleasure, thanks to today's successful launch of NASA's SeaWinds scatterometer instrument.

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Artist's concept of Jason

December 11, 2002

Jason Mission Status

The joint NASA-French Space Agency oceanography satellite Jason is set to embark on the science phase of its scheduled five-year voyage to study ocean circulation and its effect on climate.

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graphic depiction of lithium-6

December 11, 2002

Researchers Control Love-Hate Relationship Between Atoms

Research that makes ultra-cold atoms extremely attractive to one another may help test current theories of how all matter behaves - a breakthrough that might lead to advanced transportation systems, more efficient energy sources and new tests of astrophysical theories.

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Artist's concept of humans on Mars

December 10, 2002

Roving the Red Planet: Current and Future Missions

As NASA prepares to launch two rovers to the red planet next spring, Dr. Firouz Naderi, will present a pair of free, public lectures about Mars exploration.

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Coast Guard icebreakers

December 10, 2002

SeaWinds Tracks Antarctic Ice Escapades

The SeaWinds instrument has changed all that. SeaWinds is a scatterometer flying on NASA's QuikScat satellite. A second SeaWinds instrument will launch on Japan's Advanced Earth Observation Satellite 2 on December 13.

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Santa Claus, Georgia (left) and Indiana (right)

December 9, 2002

Santa's Revealing Home Photos Released by NASA

He may see us when we're sleeping, know when we're awake, and know if we've been bad or good, but thanks to new images from NASA, we can now catch a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of Santa Claus' summer estates.

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Mountains on Io at sunset

December 9, 2002

Ridge Catches Sunset, Lava Spreads in Io Views from Galileo

In one newly released image of Jupiter's moon Io from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, a mountain ridge named Mongibello, three-fourths as tall as Mount Everest, gleams from the rays of an otherworldly sunset.

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Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover

December 9, 2002

NASA Twins Plan Martian Ramble

With just over a year to go before NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers land on the red planet, members of the science team are previewing the mission's goals and candidate landing sites at a special session of the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

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Amalthea, imaged by Galileo

December 9, 2002

Featherweight Jupiter Moon Is Likely a Jumble of Pieces

NASA's Galileo spacecraft continues to deliver surprises with the discovery that Jupiter's potato-shaped inner moon, named Amalthea, appears to have a very low density, indicating it is full of holes.

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Melas Chasma, Day and Night

December 7, 2002

NASA's Revealing Odyssey

In mid-October the frozen carbon dioxide, which seasonally caps Mars' north pole, evaporated enough to give Odyssey's scientists their first chance to look there for ice.

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effects of Typhoon Kai-Tak, July 2000, seen through different instruments

December 6, 2002

Latest Ocean Winds Research Creates a Stir

New research findings from NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikScat) satellite and its SeaWinds instrument have documented for the first time the significant effect typhoons have on the ocean and ocean life.

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Artist's concept of Mars Volcanic Emission and Life Scout

December 6, 2002

Candidate Mission Would Scan Mars Atmosphere for Signs of Life

A possible mission to Mars in 2007 would scrutinize the martian atmosphere for any chemical traces of life, or even environments supportive of life, anywhere on the planet.

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Sophia Malloy

December 6, 2002

Sophia Malloy, Mission Planner and Sequence Engineer

Sophia Malloy learned how to run a tight ship during her years in the military. Those skills are put to good use as a mission planner for two ocean-observing satellites.

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Dr. Steven Ostro

December 3, 2002

Kuiper Prize Going to JPL Pioneer in Radar Study of Asteroids

Ostro studies asteroids as a senior research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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November 26, 2002

NASA Awards Caltech Five-Year JPL Contract

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology a new five-year contract to manage the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Artist's concept of Galileo passing near Jupiter's small inner moon Amalthea.

November 25, 2002

Galileo Millennium Mission Status

"It appears that the tape recorder has taken a hit from the intense radiation Galileo passed through," said Dr. Eilene Theilig

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artist's concept of Odyssey

November 20, 2002

NASA Prepares for 'Last Chance' Meteor Shower

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Image of Donald Sweetnam

November 20, 2002

NASA Prepares for 'Last Chance' Meteor Shower

A NASA mission to gather particles shed by the Sun is now operating under the management of Donald Sweetnam of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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November 20, 2002

NASA Prepares for 'Last Chance' Meteor Shower

Dr. James Breckinridge has returned to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. to serve as the Origins Theme Technologist for NASA's Origins Program.

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Mt. Etna, imaged by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission

November 18, 2002

Where on Earth Is Mars?

Researchers interested in what makes the red planet tick can’t study the planet in person—at least not yet. To help them interpret what they see in Mars images and other remote sensing data--and to test their instruments and procedures--they turn to Earth.

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Dr. Michelle Thaller

November 15, 2002

Dr. Michelle Thaller, Astrophysicist

In this video profile 'First Person,' Caltech astrophysicist Dr. Michelle Thaller discusses methods astronomers use to study stars and galaxies.

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2001 Leonid meteor shower; image copyright: Jim Bryan

November 14, 2002

NASA Prepares for 'Last Chance' Meteor Shower

The early morning hours of Nov. 19 may be your last chance to see the spectacular Leonid meteor shower in its full glory, according to astronomers.

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artist's concept of Mars sample return

November 13, 2002

How to Sort Science Fact from Science Fiction

The facts and fiction of space exploration will be discussed in a pair of free public lectures

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Dr. Moustafa Chahine

November 12, 2002

A Conversation with Dr. Moustafa Chahine

Dr. Moustafa Chahine is the science team leader on a suite of instruments that will measure Earth's atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles with high accuracy.

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Rover 2 moves for the first time

November 12, 2002

Mars Rover Takes Baby Steps

Like any travelers worth their frequent flyer miles, the twin rovers of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission must prepare for a long journey.

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montage: top left, Aqua satellite; top right, Mars Odyssey; bottom, Grace

November 8, 2002

JPL Missions Chosen for Popular Science Magazine Award

NASA’s unprecedented work in Space Science and Earth Science captured three of Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Awards”

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Earth, illustrating distance between Grace spacecraft

November 6, 2002

NASA's First Gravity Mission Image Depicts a Bumpy Ride

Color gradations in the image measure changes in the distance between the Grace spacecraft as they orbit overhead approximately 220 kilometers (137 miles) apart.

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comparison showing changes in shape of Earth

November 6, 2002

NASA Research Offers Explanation for Earth's Bulging Waistline

The team of researchers sought to find a climatic reason for the dramatic changes in Earth's gravity field observed since 1997.

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

November 6, 2002

Galileo Millennium Mission Status

NASA's long-lived Galileo spacecraft achieved partial success in a dash through Jupiter's inner radiation belts

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asteroid Annefrank, imaged by Stardust

November 4, 2002

NASA's Stardust Comet-Chaser Passes Asteroid Test

All systems on NASA's Stardust spacecraft performed successfully when tested in a flyby of asteroid Annefrank on Friday

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Artist's concept of Virtual Planetary Laboratory

November 4, 2002

Building Planets in Cyberspace

Recipe: Take a rocky mass [about 12.8 thousand kilometers (nearly 8 thousand miles) wide], add carbon dioxide, water vapor and methane. Place in stable, circular orbit, the same distance from a sunlike star as the distance between Earth and the Sun.

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Artist's concept of Stardust spacecraft

November 2, 2002

Stardust Mission Status

Images and information from the flyby period are being transmitted from the spacecraft today and through the coming week.

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Cassini image of Saturn

November 1, 2002

Cassini-Huygens Mission Status

A successful test of the camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has produced images of Saturn 20 months before the spacecraft arrives at that planet.

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Mt. Etna

November 1, 2002

NASA Images Show Calmer Side of Italy's Fiery Mount Etna

The last major eruption of Europe's highest active volcano, located on the island of Sicily, was in 1992.

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Europa

October 30, 2002

Red Freckles on Europa Suggest 'Lava Lamp' Action

Reddish spots on the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa may indicate pockets of warmer ice rising from below.

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Collage of technology innovations

October 30, 2002

Camera Eyes Dusty Spirals in Milky Way Center

Many technologies developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have skyrocketed on Earth due to strategic business alliances.

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artist's concept of Galileo passing near Amalthea. Image courtesy: Michael Carroll

October 29, 2002

Jupiter Orbiter Nears First Visit to Small Moon, Dusty Ring

As Galileo approaches Jupiter, it will skim past Amalthea at 06:19 on Nov. 5, Universal Time (10:19 p.m. Nov. 4, Pacific Standard Time).

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Comet C/1999 S4

October 28, 2002

It's Amateur Night in Space

How would you like to discover a near-Earth object without leaving your own backyard? It's possible.

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October 25, 2002

NASA Sponsors Student Robotics Competition

Heavy metal will rock -- and roll -- at seven different locations across the country early next year.

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Uranus in lower right, its moon circled

October 25, 2002

Scientists Boost Tally at Uranus

A new moon of the planet Uranus has been discovered and confirmed by a team of astronomers including Dr. Christophe Dumas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Artist's concept of Voyager

October 24, 2002

NASA Music out of This World

Gurnett converted the recorded plasma waves into sounds, much as a receiver turns radio waves into sound waves.

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left, researcher Elizabeth Lester and a bacterial spore detector; top right, detected spores glow when exposed to ultraviolet light; bottom left, bacterial spore

October 23, 2002

NASA to Develop Biohazard 'Smoke' Detector

Researchers have demonstrated a prototype device that automatically and continuously monitors the air for the presence of bacterial spores.

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Researcher Elizabeth Lester

October 23, 2002

Student's Curiosity Leads to Discovery

College senior Elizabeth Lester's work on a device to detect bacterial spores contributed to the new biohazard detector.

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topographic map of Central America

October 22, 2002

Shuttle Radar Clears the Air on Central America's Topography

The image depicts all of Central America-Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama-plus southern Mexico and portions of Cuba and Jamaica.

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Artist's concept of Rosetta spacecraft

October 21, 2002

Comet Orbiter Shipped to South American Launch Site

Twenty instruments on the European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft, including three from NASA, are in final tests for launch early next year.

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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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Artist's concept of Stardust

October 16, 2002

Stardust Mission Status

"This is an engineering test," said Thomas Duxbury, project manager for Stardust at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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NASA's DC-8 airborne lab

October 14, 2002

NASA Navigation Work Yields Science, Civil, Commerce Benefits

NASA researchers have demonstrated the ability to very precisely navigate airplanes in real time

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Saturn's F ring and inner satellite Prometheus

October 11, 2002

Chaos Seen in Movement of Ring-Herding Moons of Saturn

Scientists have a new explanation for weird movements of two small moons

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cold hole over Jupiter's pole

October 8, 2002

'Cat's Eye' Images Show Cold Hole Over Jupiter's North Pole

The Hubble Space Telescope is managed by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.

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Lagoon Nebula M8

October 8, 2002

Free Lectures Explore the Biography of Earth's Stellar Ancestors

Human beings were once fascinated with the concept of living under an infinite, unchanging blanket of stars.

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gullies on wall of meteor impact crater in Newton Basin, Mars

October 7, 2002

NASA Adds to Mars Global Surveyor Photo Album

One of the highest-resolution images ever obtained from the red planet

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White Rock' feature on Mars in both infrared (left) and visible (right) wavelengths

October 1, 2002

Mars Odyssey Releases First Data Archive to Scientists

This release is a major milestone for Mars scientists worldwide

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center of the Milky Way galaxy

October 1, 2002

Camera Eyes Dusty Spirals in Milky Way Center

The highest resolution mid-infrared picture ever taken of the center of our Milky Way galaxy reveals details about dust swirling into the black hole that dominates the region.

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damage from Northridge earthquake

September 30, 2002

Northridge Quake Activity Has Apparently Subsided, Says NASA

The Northridge fault surprised residents of greater Los Angeles with a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on January 17, 1994

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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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Artist's concept of Huygens probe descending to Titan

September 26, 2002

Cassini-Huygens Mission Status

"All the probe subsystems and probe instruments did just what they are supposed to do,"

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Pasadena Looks at the Universe

September 24, 2002

Pasadena Honors Age-Old Relationship with Universe

Pasadena is celebrating its roots in astronomy

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graphic depicting atomic clock

September 23, 2002

NASA-Built Atomic Clock Does the Time Warp, Again

"If I could save time in a bottle..."

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Apollo 12 on launchpad, November 1969

September 20, 2002

First Confirmed Capture into Earth Orbit Is Likely Apollo Rocket

NASA scientists have confirmed the first known capture of an object into Earth orbit from a Sun-centered orbit...

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Students study globe of Mars

September 16, 2002

Fostering the Next Generation of Mars Explorers

The Mars Student Imaging Project allows students from the fifth grade through community college to take their own pictures of Mars using a thermal infrared visible camera system onboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

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September 12, 2002

New Gravity Mission on Track to Map Earth's Shifty Mass

Six months into its mission to precisely measure Earth's shifting water masses and map their effects on Earth's gravity field, the joint NASA-German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or Grace, is already producing results of considerable interest.

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Lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay

September 9, 2002

Earning Seal of Approval for New Weather Data

There’s no Food and Drug Administration approval for satellite data, no consumer-style rating. So, how do the people who want to use data from a new instrument know they can trust it?

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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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Artist's concept of the Mariner 2 spacecraft in the early 1960s.

August 26, 2002

The Grandfather of Interplanetary Exploration

On August 27, 1962, NASA scientists and engineers paused with anticipation as they watched the launch of Mariner 2, a spacecraft whose journey would make history and help pave the way for interplanetary exploration.

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Golden record cover

August 19, 2002

Howdy, Strangers

If you could toss a bottle out into space, what message would you seal into it for anyone -- or any thing -- to open some day far away from our solar system?

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Old fashioned testing

August 14, 2002

Students Ride the Wave of JPL Research

How did you spend your summer vacation? A group of college students working at JPL will have a unique answer to that mundane question when they head back to school this fall.

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Ocean Fish

August 8, 2002

Celebrating Ten Years of Ocean Observations

Topex/Poseidon is a little satellite that could. Launched on August 10, 1992, the joint U.S.- French spacecraft was designed to fly for three to five years. This week it celebrates its 10th anniversary and is still going strong.

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Dr. Ayanna Howard

August 8, 2002

Dr. Ayanna Howard, JPL's Bionic Woman

Howard is JPL's own bionic woman who, at the moment, is helping develop an advanced Entry, Descent and Landing software application that can look at virtual terrain on Mars.

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Artist's concept of Earthlike planet.

July 30, 2002

Planet-hunting Among the Stars

NASA scientists are trying to answer that age-old question 'Are we alone?' by looking at other celestial bodies that might have life, with much of their search concentrated on finding Earthlike planets orbiting other stars.

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Students and JPL engineers discuss design proposals

July 29, 2002

Building Blocks and Designing Students

Just as a toddler uses a set of blocks to build a structure, engineers at JPL design conceptual space missions using a set of blocks, each representing a different segment of requirements.

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Topex data shows waves developing in Pacific

July 22, 2002

The Science of Surfing - Surfers Use Satellites to Chase Big Waves

Surf forecasters are now using near real-time meteorological data from satellites to find big waves.

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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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Sojourner rover deployed on Mars

July 1, 2002

Pathfinder's 5th Anniversary Reveals Big Future for Mars Exploration

On Friday, July 4, 1997, American flags dressed the nation in a giant Independence Day celebration. It was National Hot Dog Month, and an estimated 155 million hot dogs hit the grill that weekend alone.

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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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Planetary Alignment

June 17, 2002

The Longest Day

The longest day of the year should be the perfect time to get a tan, right? But does all that exposure to the Sun also make us more vulnerable to the effects of solar storms?

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X-band antenna that will track space observatory in launch phase over South African skies

June 10, 2002

Space Observatory Phones Home with South African Center

Immediately after the Space Infrared Telescope Facility launches in January 2003, mission planners anticipate a four-hour communication gap when their tracking system won't be able to talk to the observatory.

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Dr. Robert Crippen

June 7, 2002

Dr. Robert Crippen, Geologist and Geographer

Dr. Robert Crippen expects the Grand Canyon to be delivered to his office any day.

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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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Center of Milky Way Galaxy, seen in infrared

May 28, 2002

The Infrared Sky Goes Digital

Would it be possible to see the entire sky without ever stepping outside? Well, if you have access to a computer, the answer would be yes, thanks to the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS), the most detailed digital map of the heavens ever made.

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Tim Miller, operations engineer

May 20, 2002

NASA Radar to the Rescue

A stormy night, a small plane crashes in the mountains. The search can't start until daylight, and the bad weather may cause more delays.

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Illustration of a binary black hole system

May 13, 2002

Peering into the Heart of Galaxies

New technologies are helping astronomers unlock the mysteries of our Milky Way galaxy and the billions of other galaxies in our universe.

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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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Thorpe looks forward to Surveyor's second extension

April 29, 2002

Global Surveyor Continues its Watch on the Red Planet

Weather reports from Mars, global mapping, inspection of potential landing sites, more data about the red planet than from all previous missions – no problem for the hardworking Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

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Rick Paynter

April 28, 2002

Sending 'rats' to Mars

One rock abrasion tool will ride on each of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, launching in the summer of 2003.

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Mars Odyssey Observes First Anniversary in Space

April 26, 2002

Mars Odyssey Observes First Anniversary in Space

The excitement of launch last April 7, the arrival at Mars, the long, sometimes tedious aerobraking concluded so successfully, the beginning of the mapping phase ....

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Buoy in Lake Tahoe

April 22, 2002

A Clear Collaboration in Lake Tahoe

Clear water - Lake Tahoe is famous for it. But over the past 40 years, the lake has been losing its clarity, and the reasons why are murky.

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Ed Olsen

April 16, 2002

Dr. Edward Olsen, Astronomer and Earth Scientist

Edward Olsen started his science career as an astronomer looking outward at the universe, but now he has turned his focus in the other direction - inward towards Earth.

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Artist's concept of Voyager

April 8, 2002

Voyager Maintenance from 7 Billion Miles Away

Astronauts can make service visits to the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, but what do you do if the spacecraft needing a replacement part is the farthest human-made object from Earth, more than twice as distant as Pluto?

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David Charbonneau

April 1, 2002

David Charbonneau, Planet Hunter

Although the planets found so far outside our solar system are incapable of supporting life as we know it, the detection of those elusive, small Earth-like worlds may be closer than you think, according to Caltech's David Charbonneau.

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Artist's concept of black hole

April 1, 2002

A Mission Brings Black Holes to Light

Space exploration requires a great deal of imagination. With the international Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry mission, supported by NASA until last month, a global team of scientists and engineers not only imagined a telescope larger than Earth.

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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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AIRS

March 18, 2002

Building Better Forecasts

Meteorologists around the world will soon have access to more and better data about Earth's atmosphere thanks to a new NASA instrument planned for launch this spring.

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A student at Latona Elementary School

March 11, 2002

Students Get the Best from JPL

For about a half dozen years, JPL employees have been volunteering to bring space and science to L.A. classrooms.

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March 7, 2002

Grace Space Twins Set to Team Up to Track Earth's Water and Gravity

NASA and the German Space Agency are preparing to launch the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), a scientific pathfinder mission that will test a novel approach to tracking how water is transported and stored within the Earth's environment.

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Student Navigators Drive Mars Rover Testbed

March 6, 2002

Student Navigators Drive Mars Rover Testbed

Intense discussion, various viewpoints, chairs being scooted around, slightly raised voices, and eventual consensus: just a typical meeting of scientists in the lab; in this case a rover lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Black hole imaged by Hubble Space Telescope

March 5, 2002

Shedding Light on Black Holes

If there were monsters in space, they might appear as black holes - bottomless pits of gravity that rip holes in the fabric of time and space, swallowing up entire stars. Nothing - not even light - can escape.

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Grace team members from JPL and Astrium

February 25, 2002

From Russia With Grace

Owens is one of a small group of engineers from JPL and Astrium, the German company that built the two Grace satellites, who have come to Russia to oversee the final preparations before launch.

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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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Salt Lake City, Utah Winter

February 6, 2002

Kids Explore Earth, Olympic Style

Earthly wonders on display in a small children’s museum have spread worldwide with the help of NASA and JPL. Beginning this week, visitors will be treated to a new exhibit at the future home of the Children’s Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, called "Wal

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Global View of the Arctic Ocean

January 22, 2002

All Days Are Not Created Equal

All days are not created equal. Some don't just seem longer than others -- they are.

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Ceres

January 7, 2002

A Texas-Sized Space Rock

For two centuries it was the largest known rock in the solar system. The Texas-sized asteroid Ceres, about 930 kilometers (580 miles) across, was the first asteroid ever detected.

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Happy Navigators Prepare to Say 'Goodnight and Goodbye' to Odyssey's Successful Aerobraking

January 2, 2002

Happy Navigators Prepare to Say 'Goodnight and Goodbye' to Odyssey's Successful Aerobraking

Kennedy is one of 11 navigators at JPL who are responsible for the 'round-the-clock guidance of NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft through the mission's aerobraking phase - repeatedly flying Odyssey through the top of the martian atmosphere, using friction to

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