The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2015
January 2015 - Low Density Supersonic Decelerator
As NASA plans ambitious new robotic missions to Mars, the spacecraft needed to land safely on the red planet's surface necessarily becomes increasingly massive, hauling larger payloads to accommodate extended stays on the Martian surface.
February 2015 - No way back: Charting Irreversible Climate Change with Jason-3
As humans drive Earth's climate into a new regime, it is critical to keep our fingers on the pulse of the planet. Sea level rise is both a stark reminder of our impact on the climate and its impact on us.
March 2015 - Adventures From the Field - (Down and Dirty) Stories of Pursuing JPL Science from the Ground up to Space
JPL regularly sends research teams to the most important planet in the Solar System - our Earth. Join Remote Sensing Calibration Specialist Mark Helmlinger (a.k.a. Hellwinger) as he shares pictures and stories about the research efforts he has been a part of.
April 2015 - Robots to the Rescue!: JPL's RoboSimian and Surrogate Robots are here to Help
JPL has been engaged in several programs over the last couple of years that have developed new robots and software that can help out in terrestrial disaster scenarios or hazardous environments.
May 2015 - The Search for Planets, Habitability, and Life in our Galaxy
What will the first evidence of life outside our own solar system look like?
June 2015 - On Sea Ice
The effectiveness of cryospheric science in addressing its main purpose (predicting and assessing response to climate change) is powerfully, but intangibly enhanced by the mysterious nature and the remote locations of ice and snow phenomena.
July 2015 - Discovery at Mars
July 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Mariner 4, the first spacecraft to successfully fly by the planet Mars.
August 2015 - Drought: Are We In or Out?
California's history is written in great droughts. As of December 2014, the ongoing California drought has turned more serious.
September 2015 - The Birth of Planets Around the Sun and Other Stars
With thousands of planets now known around other stars, it's natural to wonder why so many planetary systems are quite different from our own.
Month 2015 - Unveiling an Alien World: Dawn at Ceres
Prior to Dawn's arrival, the dwarf planet Ceres was the largest unexplored world in the inner solar system.
November 2015 - The Juno Mission to Jupiter
Launched in August of 2011, the Juno spacecraft will reach Jupiter in July of 2016.
December 2015 - The InSight Mission: Journey to the Center of Mars
The InSight mission to Mars, the twelfth mission in NASA's Discovery Program, will launch in March of 2016, landing six months later in Elysium Planitia.