The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2017
January 2017 - Exoplanets: The Quest for Strange New Worlds
A brief history of exoplanet discoveries, the story of the transiting “super-Saturn” extrasolar ring system J1407b and NASA's ongoing and future plans to discover and characterize "strange new worlds."
February 2017 - In Hot Water: Glacier Change and Sea Level Rise
The loss of glacial ice due to melting as our climate warms or from calving of icebergs can have large impacts on the Earth system and on society.
March 2017 - The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission: The Coldest Spot in the Universe
The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is a multi-user facility for the study of ultra-cold quantum gases.
April 2017 - Harnessing the Sun’s Light to Explore Our Planet and the Universe
Earth science is a key to understanding our universe. Planetary science relies on ideas and technologies developed and tested here on Earth.
May 2017 - Going out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini Science Highlights and Grand Finale
NASA's long-lived Saturn orbiter dives repeatedly between the planet and its rings during the final phase of its mission, from April to September 2017.
June 2017 - The Golden Age of Exploration
JPL missions have visited every planet in our solar system. Over the past 15 years, three rovers have explored Mars in coordination with a number of orbiters.
July 2017 - Five Years of Exploring Gale Crater with the Curiosity Mars Rover
Nearly five years after its celebrated arrival at Mars, the Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet.
August 2017 - 40 Years in Space: Voyager’s Remarkable Journey Continues
In 1977, NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft embarked on an incredible journey to the outer planets and beyond.
September 2017 - A Volcanologist's Paradise
Volcanoes helped to transform the surface of the Earth, the other terrestrial planets and the Moon. The largest, most powerful eruptions are found on Jupiter’s moon, Io.
October 2017 - Sink or Swim? Using Radar to Protect California’s Water Supply
Can you tell where the ground has subsided by one inch at the center of a 160-acre field? We can, and we do it from an aircraft flying at 41,000 feet! Learn how NASA/JPL is applying radar technology to detect hazards affecting California’s critical water infrastructure.
November 2017 - Mars 2020, or There and Back Again
Four years from now, NASA and JPL will once again rove the red planet with Mars 2020.
December 2017 - Weight Watching from Space: Tracking Earth’s water cycle with GRACE Follow-On
The original Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, which began orbiting Earth on March 17, 2002, has provided Earth scientists with an unprecedented view of changes in our global water cycle.