News Board

The Media Relations Office at JPL is responsible for issuing press releases and hosting media events. As an institution, discussing new discoveries with the public is key to JPL's success as an institution. Below are selected press releases from JPL about new advances in many research fields.

Underwater drones
11.30.16

Underwater drone research could change how we study the ocean -- and could eventually look for life on other planets.

Metallic glass gears
11.29.16

JPL research using metallic glass could change how robots move and reduce their cost.

Cluster of four colloid thrusters, part of the Disturbance Reduction System
11.16.16

The super-precise JPL thruster system has met all its mission goals on the LISA Pathfinder mission.

Illustration of brown dwarf
11.10.16

Two NASA space telescopes jointly observed a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.

One of eight microsatellites in the CYGNSS constellation under construction.
11.08.16

NASA is launching six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative approaches for studying our changing planet.

RainCube, due to fly in 2017, forced JPL's engineers to get creative in order to squeeze an antenna into a CubeSat.
11.08.16

CubeSats are challenging JPL engineers to build next-gen antennas.

Artist depiction of heartbeat stars
10.24.16

Heartbeat stars got their name because if you were to map out their brightness over time, the result looks like an electrocardiogram, a graph of the electrical activity of the heart.

The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed SMAP observed a horseshoe-shaped plume of freshwater (dark blue) in the Gulf of Mexico after Texas flooding in May 2015. Damage from flooding on the Rio Blanco River, Texas. SMAP observed a horseshoe-shaped plume of freshwater (dark blue) in the Gulf of Mexico after Texas flooding in May 2015.
10.20.16

A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean.

Sabah Bux, a technologist at JPL
10.13.16

A cutting-edge development in spacecraft power systems is a powerful material with an unfamiliar name: skutterudite.

This image shows crystals used for storing entangled photons
10.13.16

JPL is involved in a study that tested quantum teleportation underneath the city of Calgary in Canada.

Cannonballs' Shoot from Star (Artist Concept)
10.06.16

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star.

LVS prototype tested aboard Xombie vehicle
10.04.16

NASA tested new 'eyes' for its next Mars rover mission on a rocket built by Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, thanks in part to NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.

Winners of the 2016 Postdoc Research Day
09.27.16

Winners of the annual 2016 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

NGC 3718, NGC 3729 and other galaxies have been analyzed using machine learning algorithms that can be "taught" to recognize astrophysical similarities. The same technology is now being applied to cancer images, as well.
09.14.16

JPL and the National Cancer Institute renewed a partnership to extend development of data science that originated in space exploration and now supports cancer discoveries.

Jonathan Sauder's AREE rover had a fully mechanical computer and logic system, allowing it to function in the harsh Venusian landscape.
08.24.16

JPL explores five new ideas for space exploration, including robotic mirrors and an art-inspired automaton.

The Four Corners region of New Mexico and Colorado
08.15.16

A NASA-led team has analyzed a "hot spot" of methane emissions in the U.S. Four Corners region, quantifying both its overall magnitude and the magnitudes of its sources.

New artificial intelligence technology, developed jointly by the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, could one day guide first responders in the field.
08.11.16

JPL research designed to keep first responders out of harm's way receives award from the Department of Homeland Security.

Difficulties in making weather measurements in the Arctic.
07.26.16

A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument.
07.21.16

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is using onboard software to select rocks to zap with its laser spectrometer and to autonomously point the instrument at the targets.

Image of Night CO2 ice frequency
07.11.16

Some dusty parts of Mars get as cold at night year-round as the planet's poles do in winter, even regions near the equator in summer, according to new NASA findings based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observations.

Image of 2015-2016 Technology Highlights Cover
07.06.16

A new document highlights a diverse set of 29 technology developments -- out of numerous similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

Image of Parag Vaishampayan in the lab
06.27.16

Getting spacecraft ready for launch may have more to do with medical research than you think.

Image of Frozen Alaskan surface
06.27.16

Winter changes in Arctic carbon dioxide may accelerate global warming. Scientists could detect these changes by aircraft with ongoing monitoring programs.

Image of This graphic presents Martian atmospheric temperature data as curtains over an image of Mars taken during a regional dust storm
06.13.16

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring the temperature of the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Image of Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)
06.08.16

Scientists found that a group of hot Jupiters observed with Hubble may have about half their atmospheres blocked by clouds or haze.

Image of The Microbial Tracking-1 experiment sent fungi to the International Space Station to study their growth.
06.03.16

A JPL microbiologist is studying fungi and bacteria as part of International Space Station research.

Image of Antarctic sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea in Oct. 2007
05.20.16

Why is Antarctic sea ice cover increasing while Arctic sea ice is diminishing rapidly? A NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible.

Image of Subsidence in Jefferson Parish,  Louisiana, from June 2009 to July 2012
05.16.16

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink due to a combination of natural and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA/university study using NASA airborne radar.

Image of Beach Bots
05.10.16

Two teams mentored by NASA centers were in the winning alliance at the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis on April 30.

Image of JPL scientists use in-water instrument called an optical profiler to gain information on chlorophyll
04.26.16

NASA satellites help the City of Los Angeles monitor Santa Monica Bay during wastewater treatment plant repairs.

Image of Mars
04.22.16

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s

Image of A UCI team measuring the seafloor off the coast of Greenland. Credit: UCI/Maria Stenzel
04.22.16

New maps of the seafloor around Greenland help scientists understand which glaciers are at increased risk for melting.

Image of Advanced solar electric propulsion
04.21.16

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design/develop an advanced electric propulsion system for deep space exploration missions like NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Image of NIAC proposals
04.13.16

NASA has selected 13 proposals, including four from JPL, for a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.

Image of Earth does not always spin on an axis running through its poles
04.11.16

New data on how water moves around Earth answer old questions about the planet's rotation.

Image of Nearly all forest trees live in symbiosis with underground fungi
03.31.16

A new way to detect underground forest fungi from space could help researchers predict how climate change will alter forest habitats.

Image of Erisa Hines, a driver for the Mars Curiosity rover, based at JPL, also talks to participants in "Destination: Mars."
03.30.16

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to create "Destination: Mars," a guided tour of a part of Mars using technologies that help scientists plan the Curiosity rover's activities.

Image of A JPL mini methane gas sensor is flight tested on a small unmanned aerial
03.29.16

As part of a project to improve energy pipeline industry safety, researchers have successfully flight tested a mini JPL methane gas sensor on a small unmanned aerial system.

Image of Carl Sagan
03.25.16

NASA has selected 36 fellows for its prestigious Einstein, Hubble and Sagan fellowships.

Image of David Aveline and Anita Sengupta
03.17.16

The Cold Atom Laboratory will forge "fluffy molecules" and probe the wonders of quantum physics when it launches to the International Space Station next year.

Image of Juno solar array
03.15.16

NASA's Game Changing Development (GCD) program has selected four proposals to develop solar array technologies that will aid spacecraft in exploring destinations well beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Image of air pollution
03.10.16

NASA has selected two new Earth science investigations, including one from JPL, that will put instruments in orbit to track harmful air pollutants and study tropical cyclones.

Image of Maps from PRISM
02.25.16

Scientists have demonstrated how a NASA-developed airborne instrument can help monitor water quality in San Francisco Bay and potentially other water bodies.

Image of ravitational waves are ripples in space-time, represented by the green grid
02.24.16

Monitoring a vast network of rapidly spinning pulsars is key to finding very-low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers say.

Image of James Bernardini
02.23.16

President Obama Thursday named six NASA researchers, including one from JPL, as recipients of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Image of RainCube
02.23.16

Four CubeSat projects, including two from JPL, will be developed, built and launched into low-Earth orbit to test technologies that could enable improve our understanding of Earth.

Image of clouds
02.18.16

New NASA satellite data have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected sea level rise.

Image of Gravitational waves
02.11.16

LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Image of Adam Steltzner
02.10.16

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering.

Image of Cubesat
02.03.16

The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 low-cost CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018.

Underwater drones
11.30.16

Underwater drone research could change how we study the ocean -- and could eventually look for life on other planets.

Metallic glass gears
11.29.16

JPL research using metallic glass could change how robots move and reduce their cost.

Cluster of four colloid thrusters, part of the Disturbance Reduction System
11.16.16

The super-precise JPL thruster system has met all its mission goals on the LISA Pathfinder mission.

Illustration of brown dwarf
11.10.16

Two NASA space telescopes jointly observed a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.

One of eight microsatellites in the CYGNSS constellation under construction.
11.08.16

NASA is launching six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative approaches for studying our changing planet.

RainCube, due to fly in 2017, forced JPL's engineers to get creative in order to squeeze an antenna into a CubeSat.
11.08.16

CubeSats are challenging JPL engineers to build next-gen antennas.

Artist depiction of heartbeat stars
10.24.16

Heartbeat stars got their name because if you were to map out their brightness over time, the result looks like an electrocardiogram, a graph of the electrical activity of the heart.

The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed SMAP observed a horseshoe-shaped plume of freshwater (dark blue) in the Gulf of Mexico after Texas flooding in May 2015. Damage from flooding on the Rio Blanco River, Texas. SMAP observed a horseshoe-shaped plume of freshwater (dark blue) in the Gulf of Mexico after Texas flooding in May 2015.
10.20.16

A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean.

Sabah Bux, a technologist at JPL
10.13.16

A cutting-edge development in spacecraft power systems is a powerful material with an unfamiliar name: skutterudite.

This image shows crystals used for storing entangled photons
10.13.16

JPL is involved in a study that tested quantum teleportation underneath the city of Calgary in Canada.

Cannonballs' Shoot from Star (Artist Concept)
10.06.16

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected superhot blobs of gas, each twice as massive as the planet Mars, being ejected near a dying star.

LVS prototype tested aboard Xombie vehicle
10.04.16

NASA tested new 'eyes' for its next Mars rover mission on a rocket built by Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, thanks in part to NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.

Winners of the 2016 Postdoc Research Day
09.27.16

Winners of the annual 2016 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

NGC 3718, NGC 3729 and other galaxies have been analyzed using machine learning algorithms that can be "taught" to recognize astrophysical similarities. The same technology is now being applied to cancer images, as well.
09.14.16

JPL and the National Cancer Institute renewed a partnership to extend development of data science that originated in space exploration and now supports cancer discoveries.

Jonathan Sauder's AREE rover had a fully mechanical computer and logic system, allowing it to function in the harsh Venusian landscape.
08.24.16

JPL explores five new ideas for space exploration, including robotic mirrors and an art-inspired automaton.

The Four Corners region of New Mexico and Colorado
08.15.16

A NASA-led team has analyzed a "hot spot" of methane emissions in the U.S. Four Corners region, quantifying both its overall magnitude and the magnitudes of its sources.

New artificial intelligence technology, developed jointly by the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, could one day guide first responders in the field.
08.11.16

JPL research designed to keep first responders out of harm's way receives award from the Department of Homeland Security.

Difficulties in making weather measurements in the Arctic.
07.26.16

A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument.
07.21.16

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is using onboard software to select rocks to zap with its laser spectrometer and to autonomously point the instrument at the targets.

Image of Night CO2 ice frequency
07.11.16

Some dusty parts of Mars get as cold at night year-round as the planet's poles do in winter, even regions near the equator in summer, according to new NASA findings based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observations.

Image of 2015-2016 Technology Highlights Cover
07.06.16

A new document highlights a diverse set of 29 technology developments -- out of numerous similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

Image of Parag Vaishampayan in the lab
06.27.16

Getting spacecraft ready for launch may have more to do with medical research than you think.

Image of Frozen Alaskan surface
06.27.16

Winter changes in Arctic carbon dioxide may accelerate global warming. Scientists could detect these changes by aircraft with ongoing monitoring programs.

Image of This graphic presents Martian atmospheric temperature data as curtains over an image of Mars taken during a regional dust storm
06.13.16

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring the temperature of the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Image of Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)
06.08.16

Scientists found that a group of hot Jupiters observed with Hubble may have about half their atmospheres blocked by clouds or haze.

Image of The Microbial Tracking-1 experiment sent fungi to the International Space Station to study their growth.
06.03.16

A JPL microbiologist is studying fungi and bacteria as part of International Space Station research.

Image of Antarctic sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea in Oct. 2007
05.20.16

Why is Antarctic sea ice cover increasing while Arctic sea ice is diminishing rapidly? A NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible.

Image of Subsidence in Jefferson Parish,  Louisiana, from June 2009 to July 2012
05.16.16

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink due to a combination of natural and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA/university study using NASA airborne radar.

Image of Beach Bots
05.10.16

Two teams mentored by NASA centers were in the winning alliance at the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis on April 30.

Image of JPL scientists use in-water instrument called an optical profiler to gain information on chlorophyll
04.26.16

NASA satellites help the City of Los Angeles monitor Santa Monica Bay during wastewater treatment plant repairs.

Image of Mars
04.22.16

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s

Image of A UCI team measuring the seafloor off the coast of Greenland. Credit: UCI/Maria Stenzel
04.22.16

New maps of the seafloor around Greenland help scientists understand which glaciers are at increased risk for melting.

Image of Advanced solar electric propulsion
04.21.16

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. to design/develop an advanced electric propulsion system for deep space exploration missions like NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Image of NIAC proposals
04.13.16

NASA has selected 13 proposals, including four from JPL, for a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.

Image of Earth does not always spin on an axis running through its poles
04.11.16

New data on how water moves around Earth answer old questions about the planet's rotation.

Image of Nearly all forest trees live in symbiosis with underground fungi
03.31.16

A new way to detect underground forest fungi from space could help researchers predict how climate change will alter forest habitats.

Image of Erisa Hines, a driver for the Mars Curiosity rover, based at JPL, also talks to participants in "Destination: Mars."
03.30.16

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to create "Destination: Mars," a guided tour of a part of Mars using technologies that help scientists plan the Curiosity rover's activities.

Image of A JPL mini methane gas sensor is flight tested on a small unmanned aerial
03.29.16

As part of a project to improve energy pipeline industry safety, researchers have successfully flight tested a mini JPL methane gas sensor on a small unmanned aerial system.

Image of Carl Sagan
03.25.16

NASA has selected 36 fellows for its prestigious Einstein, Hubble and Sagan fellowships.

Image of David Aveline and Anita Sengupta
03.17.16

The Cold Atom Laboratory will forge "fluffy molecules" and probe the wonders of quantum physics when it launches to the International Space Station next year.

Image of Juno solar array
03.15.16

NASA's Game Changing Development (GCD) program has selected four proposals to develop solar array technologies that will aid spacecraft in exploring destinations well beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Image of air pollution
03.10.16

NASA has selected two new Earth science investigations, including one from JPL, that will put instruments in orbit to track harmful air pollutants and study tropical cyclones.

Image of Maps from PRISM
02.25.16

Scientists have demonstrated how a NASA-developed airborne instrument can help monitor water quality in San Francisco Bay and potentially other water bodies.

Image of ravitational waves are ripples in space-time, represented by the green grid
02.24.16

Monitoring a vast network of rapidly spinning pulsars is key to finding very-low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers say.

Image of James Bernardini
02.23.16

President Obama Thursday named six NASA researchers, including one from JPL, as recipients of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Image of RainCube
02.23.16

Four CubeSat projects, including two from JPL, will be developed, built and launched into low-Earth orbit to test technologies that could enable improve our understanding of Earth.

Image of clouds
02.18.16

New NASA satellite data have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected sea level rise.

Image of Gravitational waves
02.11.16

LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Image of Adam Steltzner
02.10.16

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering.

Image of Cubesat
02.03.16

The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 low-cost CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018.