| Aug 27, 2014
| 5:55 PM
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a chance to drill a rock nicknamed "Bonanza King" because of its worrying wobble, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say.
The one-ton robot geologist was set to pull a sample out of a rock that...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Frank E. Marble, a Caltech expert on jet propulsion and fluid mechanics who was among the first faculty members selected for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has died. He was 96.
Marble's Aug. 11 death at a Pasadena nursing facility was caused by...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:30 AM
George Lucas is among three technologists to receive the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers highest accolade, the org announced today.
Lucas is to receive an Honorary Membership in the body, in recognition of his many contributions to...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
Early Monday morning the European Space Agency announced it had selected Site J on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the target landing spot for the Rosetta mission's Philae lander.
The selection of the site...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:10 PM
Ten Years Ago
A $264-million NASA mission to bring back samples of solar wind to analyze for clues to the origin of our solar system came to an end in Utah when the JPL-managed Genesis spacecraft’s sample return capsule crashed at an estimated 193...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:30 PM
They’re here! After wandering in the Martian desert for 25 months, NASA’s Curiosity rover has finally arrived at its promised land: the base of Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in in the middle of Gale Crater.
The arrival marks the beginning...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 12:16 PM
Don't forget to look up tonight! The Harvest moon and the third supermoon of the summer will rise Monday evening and you don't want to miss it.
"Supermoon" is a nonscientific term for a moon that turns full just as it reaches perigee -- the point in its...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Students at Glendale Community College met a major milestone this week when they unveiled a robotic arm and 3-D printer they spent months designing and building.
The projects are the first of their kind to be produced on campus by students who belong to...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:08 PM
If you believe there must be extraterrestrial life somewhere in the immensity of the universe, here's some good news: Top NASA scientists agree with you, and at a panel discussion on Monday, they said they were closer than ever to finding out for sure....
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Rainy seasons over the last two years were the driest in downtown Los Angeles since record-keeping began in 1877, and forecasters now say the El Niño that had been predicted to bring some relief may not materialize.
According to the National Weather...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Ten Years Ago
Members of JPL Boy Scout Troop 509 were back in town after having finished a 22-mile day hike to the 14,494-foot summit of Mt. Whitney. After they reached the summit on that July day, they consumed a quick lunch. Snow then began falling,...