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As the emcee gets the crowd pumped

March 24, 2014

Student Robotics Teams Head to World Championships

Teams from California and Chile won the right to progress at the FIRST Robotics Competition Los Angeles Regional Qualifier held March 21 and 22 in Long Beach, Calif.

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Arcadia High School of Arcadia, Calif

March 17, 2014

Arcadia High School Surfs Over Competition at JPL

Arcadia High School of Arcadia, Calif., beat 23 other California high schools in an all-day "buzzer-beater"-style Ocean Sciences Bowl held at JPL.

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Pi Day infographic

March 14, 2014

Celebrate Pi Day with the JPL Education Office

To mark Pi Day, the informal holiday celebrating the mathematical constant 3.14, JPL's Education Office serves up an infographic with word problems featuring NASA spacecraft.

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University High School Wins 2014 Los Angeles Regional Science Bowl

February 3, 2014

University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL

University High School of Irvine, Calif., beat out 23 other local high schools in an all-day, "buzzer-beater"-style Science Bowl held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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President Barack Obama addresses 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients in the East Room of the White House, July 31, 2012

December 23, 2013

JPL Researcher Receives Presidential Early Career Award

President Obama named five NASA researchers Monday, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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The goal of this year's Invention Challenge was to build a device that could score a

December 6, 2013

Students Ace 'Hole-In-One' Contest at JPL

Students from 19 high school teams across Southern California, as well as NASA professionals, took part in a "Hole-in-One" contest in this year's JPL Invention Challenge.

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Thomas F. Rosenbaum

October 24, 2013

Caltech Announces New President

Today the California Institute of Technology announced Thomas F. Rosenbaum will be its ninth president.

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Retiring JPL Deputy Director Gen. Eugene Tattini

September 18, 2013

Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch

Gen. Eugene Tattini, who has served for the past 12 years as deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will begin his retirement on Sept. 20.

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This image of the moon was generated by data collected by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper

August 28, 2013

NASA-Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon's Surface that Hints at Water Below

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.

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FIRST Robotics Winners

March 26, 2013

Local High Schools Win in Robotic Smackdown

High schools from Los Angeles, Atascadero, Goleta and Beverly Hills are top winners in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics competition.

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University High School Wins 2013 Los Angeles Regional Science Bowl at JPL

February 4, 2013

Irvine School Wins Regional Science Bowl at JPL

University High School of Irvine, Calif., will represent the Los Angeles area at the National Science Bowl competition in April.

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Participants in a NASA Social to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's (MSL) Curiosity rover photograph NASA and JPL personnel

January 18, 2013

NASA Celebrates Anniversary of First NASA Tweetup

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the first NASA Tweetup, held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2009.

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JPL's Education Office has released a six-part video series that walks students

December 20, 2012

Science Fair Projects Demystified in JPL Education Videos

Just in time for science fair season, the JPL Education Office has released a video series designed help teachers, students and parents craft a science fair project.

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1 Million Downloads Caption text

December 20, 2012

One Million Downloads for JPL Space Images App

Space Images, the mobile image application from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that puts visuals direct from space missions at users' fingertips, has reached 1 million downloads.

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Students compete in the 2012 Invention Challenge at JPL.

December 7, 2012

Students' Toss Wins Top Honors at JPL Competition

Monroe Magnet Middle School, Inglewood, Calif., claimed victory at the annual Invention Challenge, held today at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Endeavor Flies Over JPL

September 20, 2012

Shuttle Endeavour Flyby Brought an Old Friend to JPL

JPL employees, whose space shuttle Endeavour payloads gave us windows to worlds near and far, gazed skyward Sept. 21, 2012 as Endeavour paid the lab a visit before retirement.

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Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died.

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Aerial view of JPL's main facility near Los Angeles

August 17, 2012

NASA Awards Caltech Five-Year Jet Propulsion Laboratory Contract

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

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Illustrating JPL's Mission History

August 1, 2012

JPL Infographics Site Wants You and Your Creativity

A new JPL website is offering up NASA graphics, images and science data, inviting the public to create and share out-of-this-world infographics.

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Sally Ride, America's first astronaut in space

July 23, 2012

Astronaut-Educator Sally Ride Passes Away

JPL Director Charles Elachi releases a statement on Sally K. Ride, America's first woman in space, who died on Monday, July 23.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird.

June 5, 2012

NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event

NASA to host a NASA Social for 25 social media fans Aug. 3-5 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in anticipation of the Curiosity Mars rover's landing.

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Annual Open House event with plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to talk with scientists and engineers

May 15, 2012

JPL Invites all Earthlings to Annual Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 24th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

April 24, 2012

JPL to Host Small Business Science Forum, Supplier Fair

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., through its Business Opportunities Office, will host a supplier fair featuring 20 to 25 local and national high-tech small businesses.

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Artist's collage for Women's History Month

March 7, 2012

JPL Celebrates Women in Space Exploration

In honor of Women's History Month, JPL is hosting an event on March 8 to recognize the success of women in science and engineering.

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Students who participated in NASA's National Community College and Aerospace Scholars program in 2011 planned simulated Mars rover missions.

March 2, 2012

Community College Scholars Selected to Design Rovers

Community college students team up with NASA for a chance to design robotic rovers through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program.

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The orbit of asteroid 2011 AG5 carries it beyond the orbit of Mars and as close to the sun as halfway between Earth and Venus.

February 28, 2012

Asteroid 2011 AG5 - A Reality Check

Asteroid 2011 AG5 has been receiving a lot of attention lately because of a very unlikely scenario which would place it on an Earth-interception course 28 years from now.

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High-Tech  Conference for Small Business

January 30, 2012

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL will host the 24th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Artist concept of NASA's Dawn mission and Mars Science Laboratory

November 30, 2011

Trio of NASA Missions Named 'Best of What's New'

NASA's Dawn, Mars Science Laboratory and MESSENGER missions have been honored by Popular Science magazine with "Best of What's New" Award in aviation and space.

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Dr. Charles Elachi stands in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.,

October 20, 2011

National Academy of Engineering Honors JPL Director

Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been honored by the National Academy of Engineering.

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early rocket motor test

October 19, 2011

The Spark of a New Era

Three-quarters of a century ago, a small team of banished rocketeers lit a fuse that would eventually carry America to every planet in the solar system.

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An American Rocketeer

October 11, 2011

Caltech Event Marks 75th Anniversary of JPL Rocket Tests

The 75th anniversary of the first rocket experiments at the site that became JPL will be celebrated with a free, public screening of a new documentary at Caltech on Oct. 25.

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Montage of our solar system.

September 16, 2011

NASA Announces Two Game-Changing Space Technology Projects

NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development.

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montage of planets

July 20, 2011

JPL Announces Personnel Appointments

Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has announced three personnel appointments effective on Aug. 15.

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This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter.

June 1, 2011

Tweetup at NASA's JPL Previews 2011 Missions

JPL will host a Tweetup on Monday, June 6, for more than 100 NASA Twitter followers, who registered in April. Portions will be broadcast live.

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Visitors to Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

May 16, 2011

JPL Shares Excitement of Exploration at Open House

This year's Open House, "The Excitement of Exploration," attracted more than 38,000 space enthusiasts to JPL over the two-day event.

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JPL Open House

May 13, 2011

Virtual Open House: Next Best Thing to Being Here

Can't make it to this year's annual Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory? Not a problem! Join our virtual event live on Ustream.tv on Saturday, May 14.

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Working on Curiosity in JPL Spacecraft Assembly Facility

May 12, 2011

JPL Facility has Built Famed Spacecraft for 50 Years

The Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has birthed robotic explorers sent to destinations throughout the solar system over the past five decades.

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JPL's annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, themed

May 4, 2011

Be Our Guest: JPL Invites Public to Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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May 3, 2011

Two NASA Sites Win Webby Awards

Two NASA websites have been recognized in the 15th Annual Webby Awards

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This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

April 21, 2011

JPL Tweetup Previews Missions: Mars, Jupiter and More

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a Tweetup for approximately 120 Twitter followers on Monday, June 6.

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Dr. Charles Elachi stands in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.,

April 19, 2011

JPL Director Charles Elachi Receives Multiple Honors

The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi, is receiving multiple awards and honors this year in the United States and overseas.

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This image is an artist concept of a CubeSat in space. CubeSats are tiny, fully-functional satellites.

February 9, 2011

NASA Announces Candidates for Cubesat Space Missions

NASA has selected 20 small satellites, including two from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2011 and 2012.

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Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition winners -- Santa Monica High School.

February 8, 2011

Santa Monica High 'Catches Next Wave' to Nationals

In a very close competition, Santa Monica High School beat Arcadia High School for the title of Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl Champion.

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JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

February 2, 2011

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL will host the 23rd annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business March 1-2, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Arcadia High School, the winning team

January 24, 2011

Arcadia High School Wins Regional Science Bowl

Arcadia High School beat out 22 other local high schools in an all day 'buzzer-beater'-style competition held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Space Images app reaches 500,000 downloads

January 19, 2011

Half a Million Take a Gander at Space

The first-ever NASA/JPL iPhone application, Space Images, has reached 500,000 downloads, just as JPL prepares to release its newest version of the free app.

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Students from Magnolia Science Academy

December 10, 2010

Students Bounce to the Top at JPL Competition

With rubber band contraptions, leaf blowers, balloons and other items, student teams used ping-pong lifting devices in JPL's annual Invention Challenge, held today, Dec. 10.

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Recent college grads who work for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., successfully launched a sounding rocket 120 kilometers (75 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday, Dec. 6.

December 6, 2010

New JPL Workers Shed Training Wheels for Rocket Launch

A group of early-career employees at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., can now add “rocket launch” to their resumes.

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Artist concept of an Astronaut sitting in a chair

August 23, 2010

Vote for NASA Panels at South By Southwest

NASA has cool tools to share with armchair astronauts at the 2011 South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. Here's how you can help make that happen.

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Phil Varghese at JPL

August 2, 2010

New Project Manager for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has a new project manager: Phil Varghese, who has managed another veteran NASA Mars mission - the Mars Odyssey orbiter - since 2004.

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Jessica Liang

July 26, 2010

Senior Year Can Wait -- I'm Working at JPL!

Imagine you're at school, munching on a cheeseburger during lunch, just chatting with your friends about how awesome it is that NASA is sending a rover to Mars.

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July 8, 2010

Propeller-Shaped Structures in Saturn's Rings

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Artist's concept of Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Titan.

June 21, 2010

Super Swooper at Saturn's Moon

Cassini has successfully completed its lowest pass through Titan's atmosphere.

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Artist's concept of a family road trip through the universe

June 14, 2010

NASAJPL Facebook Fans Design Fantasy Space Vacation

Enjoy some creative fantasy space vacation ideas from our friends on the NASAJPL Facebook page.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., hosts the national kickoff of NASA's Summer of Innovation

June 10, 2010

NASA Kicks Off New Summer of Innovation Initiative

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden kicked off the agency's new Summer of Innovation initiative today while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calf.

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Summer of Innovation banner

June 3, 2010

NASA Kicks Off Student Summer of Innovation Program June 10

NASA officially kicks off its Summer of Innovation initiative at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, June 10.

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JPL Open House

May 13, 2010

Virtual Open House: Next Best Thing to Being Here

Can't make it to this year's annual Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory? Join our virtual event live on Ustream.tv on Saturday, May 15.

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montage of planets

May 12, 2010

NASA to Fund Innovative Museum Exhibits and Planetarium Shows

Innovative planetarium shows and traveling museum exhibits are among nine projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding this year.

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The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2

May 11, 2010

Hubble Camera Arrives in Time for JPL Open House

The historic Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, built by JPL for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has arrived at JPL in advance of this weekend's annual Open House.

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 JPL's annual Open House on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 will feature displays and demonstrations from numerous space missions and a first look at JPL's recently renovated von Karman Visitor Center.

May 10, 2010

JPL Invites the Public to Annual Open House

JPL invites the public to a close-up look at its past, present and future at its annual Open House on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Global Climate Change site

May 4, 2010

NASA, JPL Websites Win Webby Awards

Three NASA sites have won awards in the 14th Annual Webby Awards -- the leading international honor for the world's best websites.

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Earth - South America

April 21, 2010

JPL Marks Earth's Big Day

It's your planet. It's your future. It's our mission. Join NASA and JPL in celebrating Earth Day April 22 with events, interactive activities and online resources.

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Earth Day quiz

April 20, 2010

A Hot Challenge for Earth Day

Here's another way to celebrate Earth Day this week -- take our quiz to test your knowledge of global temperature and its impact on Earth's climate.

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Celebrate Earth Day With NASA interactive

April 19, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day With NASA

How do you and your family help our planet? Students, classrooms and families are invited to share their comments and also learn how NASA studies Earth.

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Artist's concept of WISE mapping the sky

April 5, 2010

WISE: Your Guide to the Infrared Sky

Learn about NASA's WISE mission and all the goodies it is expected to uncover in this new, interactive feature.

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Image of the teams are operating their robots remotely

March 29, 2010

High Schools Battle It Out at Robotic Match

Fifty-eight teams from Southern California, Florida, Massachusetts and Chile competed in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend, March 27 and 28.

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students from San Cayetano Elementary School race their robot

March 5, 2010

Watch Students Compete Using Lego Robotics

Watch school teams test their software-enabled Lego robots via a live Internet program during the annual Southern California NASA Explorer Schools Robotics Competition.

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High-Tech  Conference for Small Business

February 10, 2010

JPL Hosts Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL, NASA and the Small Business Administration are hosting the annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 3, at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles.

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January 12, 2010

NASA's New Museum Grant Allies will make the Universe Accessible

Interactive museum exhibits about climate change, Earth science, and missions beyond Earth are among the projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding.

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Arctic ice

January 12, 2010

Is Antarctica Melting?

If all Antarctica's ice melted, global sea level would rise 200 feet. So how is this frozen continent faring in our warming world?

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Former Director Lew Allen Jr.

January 5, 2010

JPL Mourns Passing of Former Director Lew Allen Jr.

A former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lew Allen Jr., passed away Monday night, Jan. 4, at the age of 84, in Potomac Falls, Va.

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Space montage celebrates 2010

December 30, 2009

Five Tips for a Space-Smart 2010

The NASA/JPL Education Office is ringing in the New Year with some educational tips for students, educators and families.

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JPL's Art Hammon, seen in infrared.

December 3, 2009

Get 'WISE' About Teaching Infrared

A good way to bring a cool mission like WISE into the classroom is to focus on how we use infrared to study the universe.

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Imagine Mars logo

November 5, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ballpark - On Mars!

Students in fourth through seventh grade will work to create the ultimate baseball experience "on Mars," even designing the rules for how to play a game on the Red Planet.

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Charles Elachi and other dignitaries cut the ribbon for JPL's Flight Projects Center

October 26, 2009

JPL's 'Green' Space Flight Building Debuts with Ribbon-Cutting

NASA's "greenest" building to date -- an environmentally friendly Flight Projects Center at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. -- is now open for business, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony today attended by lawmakers and local dignitaries.

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2009 Small Business Symposium

October 8, 2009

NASA to Hold Symposium for Small Businesses

NASA will host its second annual NASA/JPL Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony Nov. 16 and 17 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., Bethesda, Md.

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Solar System Ambassadors

September 2, 2009

Calling All Space Buffs!

Do you love space? Are you good about sharing your love of the stars with the public? If so, we want you to become part of a growing network of space enthusiasts who have volunteered as NASA Solar System Ambassadors.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

August 31, 2009

JPL Update

Fire conditions around JPL have continued to improve throughout the day, and the Lab is no longer threatened by the Station Fire.

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montage of planets

July 10, 2009

NASA To Provide Education Funding For Museums And Planetariums

NASA has announced a competitive funding opportunity for informal education that could result in the award of grants or cooperative agreements to several of the nation's science centers, museums and planetariums.

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montage of planets

June 3, 2009

NASA Selects Museums and Planetariums to Receive Education Grants

NASA has awarded 13 informal education institutions $6.9 million for creating planetarium shows and exhibits. These institutions will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance, managed by JPL.

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Cassini and NASA sites

May 6, 2009

NASA Wins Two Webby Awards for Internet Excellence

NASA's main site won the People's Voice award for best government Web site and the Cassini mission won for best science site.

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model of Mars Science Laboratory

May 4, 2009

Visitors Throng to Annual JPL Open House

More than 30,000 people visited JPL for the annual Open House the weekend of May 2 and 3.

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John Casani

April 30, 2009

JPL's John Casani Honored by Air and Space Museum

John Casani of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been honored with the National Air and Space Museum's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Roosevelt Middle School

April 28, 2009

NASA-JPL Explorer School Students to Attend National Symposium

Students from Roosevelt Middle School, a NASA Explorer School in Glendale, Calif., will present research results at a national student symposium at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston April 29-May 1.

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JPL Invites Public to Annual Open House 2009

April 20, 2009

JPL Invites Public to Annual Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., welcomes the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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students from San Cayetano Elementary School race their robot

March 18, 2009

NASA Explorer Schools Compete in Lego Robotics Contest

Fillmore's San Cayetano Elementary School and Mesa Union School from Somis captured top honors at the 3rd Annual Southern California NASA Explorer Schools Robotics Competition at JPL on Tuesday, March 17.

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Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference

February 12, 2009

JPL to Host 21st High-Tech Conference for Small Business

The March 3-4 annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business, held by JPL, can help small-business owners improve their knowledge and skills to compete in the federal/state government and prime contractor marketplace.

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Winners from the 2009 regional Science Bowl

February 9, 2009

Santa Monica High Rules the Day at Science Bowl

In an annual "battle of the brains," Santa Monica High School placed first in the regional Science Bowl held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

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Crescenta Valley High School students

December 16, 2008

Students Zoom Aerial Cars in Engineering Contest

Twenty-four student teams and six JPL employees raced their hand-built aerial cars in the 11th annual Invention Challenge held Friday, Dec. 12.

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JPL

October 31, 2008

NASA Chooses Small-Business Innovation Proposals

NASA has selected 142 proposals for possible contract awards in its Small Business Innovation Research program. JPL is providing technical oversight for 19 of these projects to develop technology for future missions.

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JPL Business Office icon

October 30, 2008

NASA to Hold Small Business Symposium

NASA will host the inaugural Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony Nov. 17-18 in Washington, DC.

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Victor Mejia

September 25, 2008

Summer Interns: In Their Own Words

More than 300 high school and college interns worked at JPL this summer in areas such as robotic hardware systems and nano- and micro-systems. New web videos profile two of the students.

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Yuri Carrillo

August 20, 2008

Young Thinkers Get to Tinker at JPL

More than 300 students have swelled JPL's ranks this summer, hailing from high schools, community colleges, four-year universities and graduate schools across the country.

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montage of planets

July 16, 2008

JPL Enters the Blogosphere

A new JPL blog features scientists and engineers who will offer insights into their areas of expertise - ranging from Mars, Saturn and other solar system bodies to the universe beyond. Topics closer to home, like climate change, will also be discussed. Public comments are welcome.

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Athlete in Moses Lake, Washington

June 13, 2008

Moses Lake Part of Athlete Training

JPL's Athlete (All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) participated in NASA testing of future moon systems at Moses Lake, Washington. The two-week long trial concluded today (June 13).

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engineering model for Mars Science Lab

May 14, 2008

Latino JPL Engineers To Inspire Students in Webcast

Six JPL engineers are included in a live Webcast about engineering opportunities in the space program on Thursday, May 15.

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Winners from the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC. on May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

Santa Monica High Wins National Science Bowl

Santa Monica High School has won the National Science Bowl in Washington. This is the first time the winner of JPL's regional Science Bowl has also placed first in the national competition.

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images from JPL Space Gallery

May 2, 2008

New Image Gallery Has an Eye for Beauty

JPL's new online Space Gallery captures the beauty of Earth, the solar system and the universe in a single web site. Features include a scrollable image navigation and a toggle to see slide shows.

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JPLers prepare for Open House

April 22, 2008

JPL Invites Public to Open House

At this free, all-day event on May 3 and 4, visitors can watch 700-pound robots glide under artificial stars in JPL's Robodome and get an up-close view of full-scale models of Mars rovers.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

April 10, 2008

NASA Technologies Enter Space Technology Hall of Fame

The Space Foundation today is inducting three NASA-developed technologies into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

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JPL

April 9, 2008

JPL Wins Award From U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named JPL as the winner of its 2008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in the research and development category.

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team controlling their robot to move the red ball

March 24, 2008

High-Schoolers Go Into Overdrive at FIRST Robotics Competition

Fifty-two teams from high schools in Southern California, Arizona and New Hampshire competed in the Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Competition last Friday and Saturday.

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radio-controlled model blimp

March 12, 2008

Researchers Flex Artificial Muscles

Scientific researchers from around the world made a robotic fish swim, a synthetic flower bloom, and a giant metallic blimp fly using artificial muscles at an annual conference.

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kids watch their robot in action

February 27, 2008

Two Schools Rule at Robot Match

Two Southern California schools captured top honors at a Lego robotics competition sponsored by JPL on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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winning team

February 11, 2008

Santa Monica High Wins Science Bowl

Santa Monica High School won the Science Bowl held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at JPL. The school advances to the national competition, where science-savvy students wrestle with concepts like the laws of thermodynamics and quadratic functions.

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Dr. Lee-Lueng Fu

February 8, 2008

JPL Scientists Earn Highest National Engineering Honor

Lee-Lueng Fu, a senior research scientist at JPL, and a former JPL scientist have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering -- among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

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artist concept showing model of Explorer 1 held high after announcing news of its success

January 30, 2008

Public Invited to Celebrate America's First Satellite, Virtually

JPL's Explorer 1 site features archival video footage, an interactive peek inside the satellite and a downloadable, in-depth book about the era and the mission.

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conference image

January 9, 2008

JPL to Host High-Tech Small-Business Conference

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 20th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 4 and 5 at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

October 11, 2007

JPL Presents Small Business Workshops in San Diego

Small businesses are invited to a workshop hosted by JPL on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego's Mission Valley.

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solar system ambassador event

September 13, 2007

Wanted: Ambassadors to the Stars

NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program is looking for volunteer space enthusiasts.

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The three men responsible for the success of Explorer 1, America's first Earth satellite

July 13, 2007

JPL Part of Space Exploration 50th Anniversary Event

Before October 1957, space flight was a thing of fantasy. Today we are experienced space explorers with unlimited voyages to undertake.

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The Hilton Alexandria Old Town

May 15, 2007

JPL to Hold Small Business Symposium in Nation's Capital

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will host the 10th Annual Space Science Symposium for Small Business on June 4, 2007, at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, Va.

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JPL Open House banner

April 30, 2007

JPL Open House Takes Visitors on a Journey to the Planets and Beyond

Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public on a "Journey To the Planets and Beyond." The laboratory will open its doors during its annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Barbara Morgan talks to people

April 25, 2007

Registration Opens for JPL, Sally Ride Science Workshop

Educators can get involved in the first space shuttle flight of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan by registering for an Educator Institute offered by Northrop Grumman and Sally Ride Science in collaboration with NASA.

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educator astronaut Joe Acaba

April 17, 2007

Interactive Website Brings Shuttle Mission Closer to Home

Students across the country will be able to watch a webcast as participants question an Educator Astronaut about training and shuttle missions.

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women's computing group circa 1955

March 27, 2007

Women Made Early Inroads at JPL

In the 1940s, women started playing instrumental roles in JPL missions. Jobs that required orbital calculations evolved into some of today's software engineers.

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JPL

March 23, 2007

JPL Presents Workshop for Small Business

JPL will host a workshop to assist small businesses on April 18 at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego's Mission Valley.

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La Canada High School group

December 6, 2006

Tennis Meets High Tech at JPL

Unique contraptions replaced traditional rackets during JPL's 'Launch a Tennis Ball' Invention Challenge on Friday, Dec. 1. Teams of engineers and middle and high school students, including this winning La Canada High School group, used their creations to launch tennis balls into a trash can more than 16 feet away.

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Dr. Charles Elachi

October 23, 2006

JPL Director Named One of 'America's Best Leaders'

Dr. Charles Elachi, director of JPL, is being honored as one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Antenna for the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program

October 5, 2006

Student Telescope Program at Goldstone Turns 10

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Program in California's Mojave Desert celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

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Tom May

September 22, 2006

JPL Presents Workshop to Assist Small Businesses

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a workshop to assist small businesses on Oct. 10 at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego's Mission Valley.

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From left: JPL Director Dr. Charles Elachi, La Canada-Flintridge Mayor Greg Brown, and Dr. Baltimore

September 20, 2006

JPL Says Thanks and Farewell to Baltimore

JPLers turned out Monday to give a sendoff to Nobel laureate Dr. David Baltimore, who retired this month as president of the California Institute of Technology, the Laboratory's parent institution, after nine years in that post. 

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JPL educator escorts students on visit

August 18, 2006

Back to School With JPL

Do you know someone who is into science and math? JPL's Education Office has a "backpack" full of resources to encourage students to pursue these interests -- so they may one day come to work for NASA and JPL.

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JPL student intern Kelly Wills

August 14, 2006

Blind JPL Student Intern Works on Mars-Bound Instrument

Not many teenagers can say they've worked on an instrument that will fly in space.

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Dr. James Van Allen; image credit Univ. of Iowa

August 9, 2006

U.S. Space Pioneer Dies

Dr. James Van Allen, who helped usher in the space age as the scientist in charge of the instrument on JPL's Explorer 1 satellite in 1958, died Wednesday, August 9, at the age of 91. On the left, Dr. Van Allen (image courtesy Univ. of Iowa); on the right, a model of Explorer 1, held by JPL's Director William Pickering, scientist James Van Allen and rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun.
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NASA Astronauts Visit JPL

August 9, 2006

NASA Astronauts Visit JPL

Mission specialists Stephanie Wilson and Piers Sellers spoke at JPL about their recent shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

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Tom May

July 25, 2006

JPL Business Opportunities Manager Receives Minority Award

Thomas H. May, manager of the Business Opportunities Office and Supplier Diversity Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has been selected as one of this year's 50 influential minorities in business by the Minority Business and Professional Network, Incorporated.

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Thomas Valdez, Jaime Escalante and Sergio Valdez pose for a photo

June 30, 2006

To Inspire, Be Inspired

If you want to be an inspirational teacher, it's not hard: You have to be inspired yourself.

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JPL educator and class discuss science at Explorer School activity

May 25, 2006

JPL Announces New Explorer School Partnerships

Students from two San Diego schools will expand their knowledge of science and space, thanks to a new partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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May 18, 2006

JPL to Hold Small Business Symposium in Nation's Capital

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will host the 9th Space Science Symposium for Small Business on Monday, June 5, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va.

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JPL employee Alice Wessen and daughter Raina

May 9, 2006

JPL Open House: A Kid's Perspective

My name is Raina Wessen and I'm a 12-year-old who has been to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Open House at least six times so I'm an expert on all the cool stuff that happens at the lab on those two days.

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JPL openhouse event in 2005

May 8, 2006

JPL Open House: An Invitation to Explore New Worlds

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to "Explore New Worlds" without leaving Southern California.

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Susan Braunheim-Kalogerakos and Jacob Kalogerakos

April 28, 2006

Take Our Child to Work Day

More than 600 children accompanied their parents to work today during JPL's annual event. Children tagged along for an on-the-job perspective of robotics labs, science and mission planning, web publishing and more. Kids also created their own constellations and saw a demonstration of the Mars rovers.

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Norman Ahmad inspects ATHLETE rover

February 17, 2006

A Conversation With JPL Engineer Norman Ahmad

Norman Ahmad is a mechanical engineer working in the Robotics division at JPL. He's inspecting the ATHLETE rover, a vehicle being developed to travel on a lunar mission and one that is capable of rolling over extremely rough or steep terrain.
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teachers make adjustments to their experiment

February 14, 2006

Local Teachers Fly Experiments on NASA's 'Weightless Wonder'

Teachers from two Southern California schools are taking their experiments out of the classroom and into NASA's "Weightless Wonder," a flying microgravity laboratory.

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exterior view of JPL

February 9, 2006

JPL Honored by Space Foundation

The Space Foundation has chosen JPL to receive the 2006 Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration. The award honors JPL's vibrant portfolio of inspiring space exploration programs. "On behalf of all the men and women at JPL, I'm gratified by this honor," said JPL Director Dr. Charles Elachi. The award will be presented on April 3 during the 22nd National Space Symposium.

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This artist's conception compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny 'sun'.

January 18, 2006

JPL Hosts Public Hearing on Math and Science Education

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where numbers, engineering and science create magical missions to planets, comets and other space destinations, will host a state hearing on math and science education. California lawmakers, educators, and an astronaut will testify.

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high-tech conference

January 18, 2006

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 18th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 7 and 8, at the Westin Hotel located near Los Angeles International Airport.

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view of comet Tempel 1 after collision with Deep Impact probe

December 27, 2005

The Year in Images: JPL 2005

JPL missions and instruments capture unique and beautiful images 365 days a year. The following photo essay and gallery offer a glimpse at just a few of these views.

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Mountains of Creation

December 2, 2005

Learn About Spitzer and Its Cosmically Infrared World

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is bringing new light - infrared light - to the study of our dark and mysterious universe.

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James Rinaldi

November 12, 2005

Rinaldi Named Information Chief

James Rinaldi has been appointed Chief Information Officer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Dr. Vinton Cerf

November 10, 2005

Presidential Honors

Vinton Cerf, a distinguished visiting scientist at JPL since 1998, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the 1970s that led to the development of the Internet. Cerf is now working to take internet technology into interplanetary space.
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montage of planets and dust ghost

October 28, 2005

Spooky Space 'Sounds' - Rated S for Scary

Spacecraft instruments record data that can be converted into sound files, which help scientists better understand the observations.

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mock rover gently rolls over students

September 29, 2005

Students Tour JPL for La Familia Technology Space Day

Students from local schools visited JPL during this year's La Familia Technology Space Day.

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Alan Rich shows space-related materials to the public

September 19, 2005

NASA Volunteers Are at the Head of the Class

Inspired by the power of teaching, a handful of volunteers from NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program have left behind their careers in science and technology to make their mark as educators.

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James Rinaldi

September 15, 2005

Rinaldi Named Information Chief

James Rinaldi has been appointed Chief Information Officer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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JPL's Art Hammon teaches students about technology using a remote control rover

May 17, 2005

JPL Announces New Explorer School Partnerships

NASA today announced the selection of 50 new Explorer Schools, including five from Southern California that will be partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Open House welcome banner

April 29, 2005

JPL Open House: An Invitation to the Solar System and Beyond

JPL invites the public to share the "Spirit of Exploration" during its Open House on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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students control robots

April 6, 2005

Regional Winners Named in Student-Built Robot Competition

Students from Southern California, Arizona, New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts and Canada had the opportunity to rub metal and burn rubber against some of the world's finest student-built robots during a regional competition.

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JPL's Mary Ellen Robertson, right, tutors a student

March 28, 2005

JPL Tutors Make a Difference at Local School

JPL partners with local schools for a tutoring program.

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man and girl look at space exhibit

March 23, 2005

NASA 'Ambassadors' Spread the Scientific Word

Space enthusiasts have joined together for an eighth year as part of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors Program.

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still from art installation depiciting how difficult it is to find extrasolar planets

March 1, 2005

JPL Artist Sheds Light on Pasadena Event

JPL's artist in residence will display his Light/Shadow Exhibition in Pasadena during the biannual ArtNight on Friday, March 4.

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Dr. Firouz Naderi

February 23, 2005

JPL's New Associate Director Led Successful Mars Exploration

JPL's Dr. Firouz Naderi will become the laboratory's Associate Director for Programs, Project Formulation and Strategy, effective March 7.

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JPL conference floor

January 11, 2005

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 17th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 1 and 2, at the Radisson Hotel located near Los Angeles International Airport.

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December 29, 2004

JPL/Caltech Float Set to Launch on Rose Parade Mission

A towering 50-foot robot from JPL and Caltech will thrill throngs of parade-goers on New Year's Day.

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December 8, 2004

JPL Community Mourns Loss of Three Colleagues

Leadership of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory expressed their deep concern today after a vanpool accident that took the life of three riders and injured several others.

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human eye

November 11, 2004

Space Science and Medical Technology: To See or Not to See

In two free public lectures, Dr. Wolfgang Fink, JPL senior research scientist and assistant professor of ophthalmology and neurosurgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will describe tools for early detection, diagnosis and prevention of eye disorders in space and on Earth.

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Imagery of JPL Missions

November 8, 2004

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Honored by Scientific American

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been named by Scientific American Magazine as a research leader within the 2004 Scientific American 50 - the magazine's prestigious annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology.

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Brian Muirhead

October 4, 2004

New JPL Chief Engineer Selected

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has appointed Brian Muirhead as Chief Engineer. Muirhead had previously served as chief engineer for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, and was flight system manager and project manager of NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission, which successfully landed on the red planet and operated the Sojourner rover in 1997.

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young girl at Solar System Ambassador event

September 29, 2004

NASA Recruits Community Outreach Volunteers for 2005

Calling all space buffs! NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program is recruiting more volunteers to spread the marvel of space science and exploration across the nation.

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Jim Erickson

June 14, 2004

Erickson Takes Rover Reins as Cook Joins 2009 Mission

At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., James K. Erickson becomes project manager for the Mars Exploration Rover Project today as his predecessor, Richard A. Cook, switches to the development of an even more capable Mars rover for launch in 2009.

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ambassador event

May 5, 2004

NASA Ambassadors 2004, Now Coming to a Forum Near You

While two rovers roam Mars and the Cassini spacecraft nears Saturn, NASA's Solar System Ambassadors find themselves busier than ever this year, leading events across the nation in malls, classrooms and on the radio to share the wonders of space exploration with the public.

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NASA

May 4, 2004

JPL to Hold Symposium for Small Business in Nation's Capital

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 8th annual Space Science Symposium for Small Business on June 10, 2004, at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, D.C.

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model rover drives over kids

April 26, 2004

JPL Open House Takes Visitors to the Planets and Beyond

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will hold an open house on Sat. and Sun., May 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., taking visitors on a virtual ride through the solar system with this year's theme, "The Spirit of Exploration."

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Dr. William Pickering

March 16, 2004

William H. Pickering, Former Director of JPL, Dies

Dr. William H. Pickering, a central figure in the U.S. space race and former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., from 1954 to 1976, has died.

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Dr. Jorge Vazquez

March 16, 2004

Dr. Jorge Vazquez, Oceanographer

When a friend asked Jorge Vazquez to speak eight years ago to a group of high school students about his job and Earth science, the JPL oceanographer reluctantly said yes.

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artist's concept of a smart lander

February 27, 2004

JPL Announces New Exploration Office, Management Changes

In a move designed to align the lab with NASA's new exploration agenda outlined by President George W. Bush, Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has announced personnel changes and the formation of a new office at JPL.

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Dr. Charles Elachi and students wear 3-D glasses

February 23, 2004

JPL Director Shares New Space Vision at Local School

Students at a San Fernando Valley elementary school heard firsthand about their opportunity to participate in the president's bold vision for exploring the solar system.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Reiss, solar system ambassador

October 15, 2001

Volunteer Educators Teach Space Exploration

When U.S. Army veteran John Reiss Jr. got a request to make a presentation to retired military officers in Yuma, Ariz., he had no idea it would blossom into a two-day, multi-subject event for potentially hundreds of people.

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Dr. Jim Fanson

January 1, 2001

Dr. Jim Fanson, Galactic Explorer

Fanson manages a mission that is part of JPL's quest to explore beyond our solar system and look far into the universe.

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Bobby Williams

January 1, 2001

Bobby Williams, NEAR Navigator

Williams, head of the navigation team, guided the NEAR spacecraft to a soft landing on asteroid Eros.

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Dr. Alberto Behar

January 1, 2001

Dr. Alberto Behar, Antarctic Explorer

Behar serves as JPL's chief engineer on the Antarctic Ice Borehole Probe Project.

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Shonte Wright

January 1, 2001

Shonte Wright, Thermal Engineer

Wright works on a variety of JPL missions, making sure spacecraft perform efficiently in space.

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George Pace

January 1, 2001

George Pace, 2001 Mars Odyssey Project

Pace manages JPL's next interplanetary mission, the 2001 Mars Odyssey, shown here during launch preparations at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Dr. Ed Stone

January 1, 2001

Dr. Ed Stone, Solar System Explorer

Dr. Stone, JPL's director since 1991, is stepping down on May 1. During his tenure, the Laboratory has overseen 15 missions for NASA.

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Ann Devereaux

January 1, 2001

Talking Technology with Ann Devereaux

Devereaux discusses the Wireless Augmented Reality Prototype (WARP) which astronauts may one day use in space.

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Mark Helmlinger

January 1, 2001

Mark Helmlinger, Earth Scientist

Mark Helmlinger travels to remote corners of the world to study data from an instrument orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth.

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Thomas Valde

January 1, 2001

Thomas Valdez, Chemical Engineer

Valdez works on a range of electrochemical technologies, and he is deeply involved in fuel cell research.

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Eilene Theilig

January 1, 2001

Eilene Theilig, Jupiter Explorer

Theilig leads NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter.

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Sister Clarice

January 1, 2001

Sister Clarice's Passion for Education

Sister Clarice Lolich is a Dominican nun in the Community of the Holy Spirit, a space-science education specialist, and a retired NASA consultant.

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Lloyd French

January 1, 2001

Lloyd French, Engineer and Underwater Explorer

For JPL engineer Lloyd French, going scuba diving was just part of a day's work when he was asked to develop an underwater probe.

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Conan Viernes

January 1, 2001

Conan Viernes, Electrical Engineer

A knack for science and math led Conan Viernes from the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State to an engineering position at JPL.

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Alfonso Feria

January 1, 2001

Alfonso Feria, Mechanical Engineer

How do scientists communicate with spacecraft millions of miles from Earth? With the help of engineers like Alfonso Feria.

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Dr. Joy Crisp

January 1, 2001

Dr. Joy Crisp, Project Scientist

Tucked away in a prefab trailer office at JPL, Dr. Joy Crisp is helping plan NASA's next mission to Mars. As project scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission, she's ramping up for the twin rovers' expected landing in 2004.

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Steve Alfery

January 1, 2001

Steve Alfery, Acquisitions for Mars Rovers

No banks, stock exchanges or other financial institutions are known to exist on Mars. So how does a business and economics graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara end up in a key role on a mission to the red planet?

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Charlie Kohlhase

January 1, 2001

Charlie Kohlhase, long-time mission manager

After spending a career in planetary exploration, Charley Kohlhase dreams not of the past, but of the future. What does he envision someday? Humans living on Mars, continuing to study the planet in great detail.

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Bob Mase

January 1, 2001

Bob Mase, Mars Odyssey Navigator

Caught unawares, Odyssey lead navigator Bob Mase mumbled "what?" when he learned that he and the Odyssey navigation team had won one of Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine's annual Laurel awards.

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Dr. Edward Olse

January 1, 2001

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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This image highlights the dust that speckles the Andromeda galaxy.

December 31, 1969

The Hottest Photos from WISE

Members of the WISE science team compiled an image gallery of some of the mission's colorful cosmic snapshots. Flip through the gallery and rate your favorite photos.

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Belinda Arroyo

December 31, 1969

Belinda Arroyo, Deep Space Network Allocation and Planning Team

So many spacecraft - so little time - tracking time, that is. Negotiating tracking time is what Belinda Arroyo's team does for a living.

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December 31, 1969

WISE First Images

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December 31, 1969

Images from Cassini's Nov. 2009 Enceladus Flyby

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December 31, 1969

Migrating Martian Dunes

Images taken 15 months apart show active changes in dark dunes of Mars' Nili Patera region.

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December 31, 1969

Images from Opportunity

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December 31, 1969

Images from Cassini's Mimas Flyby

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December 31, 1969

'HiWish' First Picks

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December 31, 1969

New Views of Endeavour Crater

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December 31, 1969

Rosetta images

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December 31, 1969

Images of Pakistan Flood Disaster

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December 31, 1969

NASA Images of Hurricane Earl

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