| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:40 PM
The pilot killed in a small plane crash at a Van Nuys intersection Friday afternoon was a longtime scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who specialized in designing robotics for exploring the surfaces of other planets.
Alberto Enrique Behar, 47,...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:41 PM
Ten Years Ago
Scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in January 2005 were celebrating the first anniversary of the twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit landed on the Red Planet on Jan. 3, 2004 and Opportunity touched...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 7:00 AM
Good morning, 818! Today is Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 81 degrees and a low of 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Here are your local headlines:
- Local religious leaders recited...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 7:34 PM
Was there ever life on Mars? Without a human geologist roaming the surface, hammer in hand, it’s devilishly difficult to find out, and current robotic explorers aren’t really built to answer that question. But in a paper published in the...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 6:00 AM
They are literally specks of dust, tiny bits of primordial material that wouldn't be visible to the naked eye.
But for spacecraft in orbit around Mars, they could become minuscule agents of destruction.
These dust particles will come hurtling past the...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:33 AM
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has released the first resolved images of comet Siding Spring's nucleus -- and it's a lot smaller than people expected.
The nucleus of the comet that zoomed past the Red Planet on Sunday appears to be about half its...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:29 PM
A mobile laboratory the size of a washing machine made history Wednesday when it completed a slow-motion descent to the surface of a comet 311 million miles from Earth.
But scientists fear it didn't stick the landing.
The European Space Agency's...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Fire officials remained on high alert Sunday as strong Santa Ana winds continued to pose serious wildfire threats across Southern California, particularly in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Red flag warnings were issued throughout the region as more...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The Illuminate SF Light Art Festival returns this month with 16 sculptures around San Francisco that glow with extraordinary energy.
The fest, now in its second year, showcases public artworks installed around the city as well as temporary pieces...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Get out those rain boots and umbrellas. Forecasters are expecting the biggest rainstorm since February to hit the Los Angeles area.
A Pacific Northwest weather system should bring heavy rains to Southern California starting Tuesday, according to the...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 5:00 PM
NASA has put telescopes on mountains and telescopes in space – but what about a telescope on a high-flying blimp?
Scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are designing a possible contest that could foster the building of...