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.

Team CoSTAR, led by NASA’s JPL, will use autonomous robots with diverse methods of movement to compete in the complex underground environments of the SubT Challenge Final. One of the robots, NeBula-Spot, walks on four legs to explore hard-to-access locations.
09.21.21

Led by NASA JPL, Team CoSTAR will participate in the SubT final this week to demonstrate multi-robot autonomy in a series of tests in extreme environments.

The 70-mete Deep Space Station 14
09.02.21

The DSN is being upgraded to communicate with more spacecraft than ever before and to accommodate evolving mission needs.

Mosaic of Bennu
08.12.21

Along with collecting a sample from the Bennu’s surface, the spacecraft provided precision data to better predict the near-Earth object’s orbit around the Sun.

The Moon is covered with craters and rocks, creating a surface “roughness” that casts shadows, as seen in this photograph
08.03.21

The shadows cast by the roughness of the Moon’s surface create small cold spots for water ice to accumulate even during the harsh lunar daytime.

Most metallic glass alloys form a hard, smooth surface
07.29.21

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals.

A rainforest in Malaysia
07.26.21

A new index shows that the world’s rainforests are responding differently to threats like a warming climate and deforestation.

Amazon rain forest
07.22.21

The finding comes out of an effort to map where vegetation is emitting and soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Image from Ingenuity
07.08.21

Created at NASA’s JPL, the open-source flight software called F Prime isn’t just powering humanity’s first interplanetary helicopter; it’s also powering inspiration at multiple universities.

DASC hardware
06.30.21

Designed to improve navigation for robotic explorers and the operation of GPS satellites, the technology demonstration reports a significant milestone.

city
06.09.21

When lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic cut local nitrogen oxide emissions, the effect on ozone pollution was global and unexpectedly rapid.

 

3D printed radiator
06.01.21

A manufacturing innovation that has applications for NASA spacecraft is being transferred to the private sector to support a variety of industries here on Earth.

Image showing a forest giving off moisture into the air
05.27.21

NASA scientists have studied 17 years of gravity observations of our planet to understand how the global water cycle is changing.

Orpheus submersible robot
05.17.21

Terrain-relative navigation helped Perseverance land – and Ingenuity fly – autonomously on Mars. Now it’s time to test a similar system while exploring another frontier.

GRACE
05.13.21

The AIAA is honoring Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Watkins and Autonomous Systems Manager Gross, plus two European partners, for work on the GRACE missions.

LCRT illustration
05.05.21

The early-stage NASA concept could see robots hang wire mesh in a crater on the Moon’s far side, creating a radio telescope to help probe the dawn of the universe.

Illustration of a conceptual radio telescope within a crater on the Moon
04.08.21

JPL’s Lunar Crater Radio Telescope advanced concept is among the projects that have been selected for further research and development.

WATSON
04.07.21

A technique for scanning Mars rocks for microscopic fossils of ancient life is also being developed to hunt for microbes in the deep ice of Enceladus, Titan, and Europa.

POINTER images and a firetruck
04.06.21

A unique positioning technology is being developed to pinpoint firefighters inside buildings where other positioning technologies fail.

 

Artists concept of FLOAT
02.25.21

Four advanced space concepts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been selected to receive grants for further research and development.

Fred Hadaegh
02.25.21

Fred Hadaegh is honored for his pioneering work in autonomous guidance, navigation, and spacecraft control systems.

Postdocs award day winners
02.17.21

Winners of the annual 2020 Postdoc Research Day gave virtual seminars on their research and received plaques to commemorate the event.

OMG project dropping probes by plane
01.25.21

Scientists with NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission are probing deep below the island’s warming coastal waters to help us better predict the rising seas of the future.

Deep Space Station 56
01.22.21

The addition brings new capabilities to the network, which acts as an interplanetary switchboard, connecting us to missions at the Moon and far beyond.

JPL Technology Highlights 2020 cover
12.17.20

A new document presents a diverse set of technology developments -- selected by the Chief Technologist out of many similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success. 

On May 28, 2020, UCLA's Dr. Tisha Wang (far left) and colleagues pose after testing a compressed-air version of the VITAL prototype
12.15.20

NASA's technology is at the forefront of space exploration, but it can also be applied here on Earth - from improving cellular networks to saving lives in the pandemic.

Artist's illustration of Europa
11.09.20

New lab experiments re-create the environment of Europa and find that the icy moon shines, even on its nightside. The effect is more than just a cool visual.

DSN antenna
11.03.20

The only radio antenna that can command the 43-year-old spacecraft has been offline since March as it gets new hardware, but work is on track to wrap up in February.

DuAxel rover separates into two single-axled robots
10.13.20

Made of a pair of two-wheeled vehicles, NASA's DuAxel is designed to descend crater sides and near-vertical cliffs on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

MRO crater cluster on Mars
10.01.20

It's the first time machine learning has been used to find previously unknown craters on the Red Planet.

Hurricane Laura - pictured making landfall on Aug. 27
09.02.20

NASA research could help to improve forecasts of whether a hurricane will suddenly intensify, which could give people in its path more time to prepare.

MDL Annual Report cover
08.24.20

The 2020 annual report from JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory recognizes 30 years of the team's contributions and achievements.

Shallow lightning illustration
08.11.20

The spacecraft may have found where the colorless gas has been hiding on the solar system's biggest planetary inhabitant.

This 3D model shows the system behind the second-place concept "Skid n' Bump - All-mechanical, Mostly Passive" by Team Rovetronics, based in California
07.06.20

An overwhelming response to the competition will help advance the design of a mechanical rover concept that could one day explore the hellish surface of Venus.

Artist's concept of SPARROW
06.24.20

SPARROW, a steam-powered robotic concept, could one day take giant leaps over some of the most hazardous terrains known (and unknown) in the solar system.

Cold Atom Laboratory
06.12.20

A new study describes how the mission became the first to make a fifth state of matter in Earth orbit, and the advantages of studying atoms in space.

ASTERIA
06.02.20

About the size of a briefcase, the CubeSat was built to test new technologies but exceeded expectations by spotting a planet outside our solar system.

A small glacier in the Arctic region of Norwegian archipelago Svalbard
06.01.20

Continuous monitoring of glaciers and ice caps has provided unprecedented insights to global ice loss that could have serious socioeconomic impacts on some regions.

Christina Koch assists with a hardware upgrade for NASA's Cold Atom Lab
05.12.20

The Cold Atom Lab is using microgravity to learn about atoms and the quantum world, which could pave the way for new technologies in space and on the ground.

Artist's concept showing the briefcase-sized Lunar Flashlight spacecraft
04.27.20

To support the next wave of human exploration, the Lunar Flashlight mission will look for potential ice hidden at the Moon's South Pole.

A seafloor vent called a white smoker
04.16.20

By mimicking rocky seafloor chimneys in the lab, scientists have produced new evidence that these features could have provided the right ingredients to kick-start life.

Bob Balaram and Mars Helicopter
04.02.20

The Mars Helicopter is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA's Perseverance rover. The helicopter's chief engineer, Bob Balaram, shares the saga of how it came into being.

Denman Glacier in East Antarctica
03.25.20

The shape of the ground beneath Denman Glacier, which is melting from the bottom up, makes it particularly vulnerable to the intrusion of seawater.

Mars Helicopter
03.18.20

From lasers to rovers, the technology JPL develops for space often has unanticipated uses much closer to home.

An aerial view of the icebergs near Kulusuk Island
03.17.20

The two regions have lost 6.4 trillion tons of ice in three decades; unabated, this rate of melting could cause flooding that affects hundreds of millions of people by 2100.

PUFFER robot
03.10.20

The upgraded Autonomous Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot, or A-PUFFER, is on a roll. The technology could find itself on a commercial lunar lander in the next few years.

CoSTAR member and Caltech graduate student Amanda Bouman operates a robot called Spot
03.02.20

Team CoSTAR, which includes NASA's JPL, Caltech and MIT engineers, placed first.

starshade
02.25.20

The JPL Strategic Technologies document identifies technology areas essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

An illustration of a concept for a possible wind-powered Venus rover.
02.21.20

To survive the planet's intense heat and crushing surface pressure, the rover would need an obstacle-avoidance system unlike any other.

Artist's concept of Deep Space Station-23
02.11.20

Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers.

Strategic Technologies cover
02.10.20

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is noteworthy for its sustained ability to accomplish challenging measurements and missions. JPL can continue to achieve its historical level of success only by developing and applying increasingly advanced technology to future missions.

Team CoSTAR, led by NASA’s JPL, will use autonomous robots with diverse methods of movement to compete in the complex underground environments of the SubT Challenge Final. One of the robots, NeBula-Spot, walks on four legs to explore hard-to-access locations.
09.21.21

Led by NASA JPL, Team CoSTAR will participate in the SubT final this week to demonstrate multi-robot autonomy in a series of tests in extreme environments.

The 70-mete Deep Space Station 14
09.02.21

The DSN is being upgraded to communicate with more spacecraft than ever before and to accommodate evolving mission needs.

Mosaic of Bennu
08.12.21

Along with collecting a sample from the Bennu’s surface, the spacecraft provided precision data to better predict the near-Earth object’s orbit around the Sun.

The Moon is covered with craters and rocks, creating a surface “roughness” that casts shadows, as seen in this photograph
08.03.21

The shadows cast by the roughness of the Moon’s surface create small cold spots for water ice to accumulate even during the harsh lunar daytime.

Most metallic glass alloys form a hard, smooth surface
07.29.21

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals.

A rainforest in Malaysia
07.26.21

A new index shows that the world’s rainforests are responding differently to threats like a warming climate and deforestation.

Amazon rain forest
07.22.21

The finding comes out of an effort to map where vegetation is emitting and soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Image from Ingenuity
07.08.21

Created at NASA’s JPL, the open-source flight software called F Prime isn’t just powering humanity’s first interplanetary helicopter; it’s also powering inspiration at multiple universities.

DASC hardware
06.30.21

Designed to improve navigation for robotic explorers and the operation of GPS satellites, the technology demonstration reports a significant milestone.

city
06.09.21

When lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic cut local nitrogen oxide emissions, the effect on ozone pollution was global and unexpectedly rapid.

 

3D printed radiator
06.01.21

A manufacturing innovation that has applications for NASA spacecraft is being transferred to the private sector to support a variety of industries here on Earth.

Image showing a forest giving off moisture into the air
05.27.21

NASA scientists have studied 17 years of gravity observations of our planet to understand how the global water cycle is changing.

Orpheus submersible robot
05.17.21

Terrain-relative navigation helped Perseverance land – and Ingenuity fly – autonomously on Mars. Now it’s time to test a similar system while exploring another frontier.

GRACE
05.13.21

The AIAA is honoring Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Watkins and Autonomous Systems Manager Gross, plus two European partners, for work on the GRACE missions.

LCRT illustration
05.05.21

The early-stage NASA concept could see robots hang wire mesh in a crater on the Moon’s far side, creating a radio telescope to help probe the dawn of the universe.

Illustration of a conceptual radio telescope within a crater on the Moon
04.08.21

JPL’s Lunar Crater Radio Telescope advanced concept is among the projects that have been selected for further research and development.

WATSON
04.07.21

A technique for scanning Mars rocks for microscopic fossils of ancient life is also being developed to hunt for microbes in the deep ice of Enceladus, Titan, and Europa.

POINTER images and a firetruck
04.06.21

A unique positioning technology is being developed to pinpoint firefighters inside buildings where other positioning technologies fail.

 

Artists concept of FLOAT
02.25.21

Four advanced space concepts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been selected to receive grants for further research and development.

Fred Hadaegh
02.25.21

Fred Hadaegh is honored for his pioneering work in autonomous guidance, navigation, and spacecraft control systems.

Postdocs award day winners
02.17.21

Winners of the annual 2020 Postdoc Research Day gave virtual seminars on their research and received plaques to commemorate the event.

OMG project dropping probes by plane
01.25.21

Scientists with NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission are probing deep below the island’s warming coastal waters to help us better predict the rising seas of the future.

Deep Space Station 56
01.22.21

The addition brings new capabilities to the network, which acts as an interplanetary switchboard, connecting us to missions at the Moon and far beyond.

JPL Technology Highlights 2020 cover
12.17.20

A new document presents a diverse set of technology developments -- selected by the Chief Technologist out of many similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success. 

On May 28, 2020, UCLA's Dr. Tisha Wang (far left) and colleagues pose after testing a compressed-air version of the VITAL prototype
12.15.20

NASA's technology is at the forefront of space exploration, but it can also be applied here on Earth - from improving cellular networks to saving lives in the pandemic.

Artist's illustration of Europa
11.09.20

New lab experiments re-create the environment of Europa and find that the icy moon shines, even on its nightside. The effect is more than just a cool visual.

DSN antenna
11.03.20

The only radio antenna that can command the 43-year-old spacecraft has been offline since March as it gets new hardware, but work is on track to wrap up in February.

DuAxel rover separates into two single-axled robots
10.13.20

Made of a pair of two-wheeled vehicles, NASA's DuAxel is designed to descend crater sides and near-vertical cliffs on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

MRO crater cluster on Mars
10.01.20

It's the first time machine learning has been used to find previously unknown craters on the Red Planet.

Hurricane Laura - pictured making landfall on Aug. 27
09.02.20

NASA research could help to improve forecasts of whether a hurricane will suddenly intensify, which could give people in its path more time to prepare.

MDL Annual Report cover
08.24.20

The 2020 annual report from JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory recognizes 30 years of the team's contributions and achievements.

Shallow lightning illustration
08.11.20

The spacecraft may have found where the colorless gas has been hiding on the solar system's biggest planetary inhabitant.

This 3D model shows the system behind the second-place concept "Skid n' Bump - All-mechanical, Mostly Passive" by Team Rovetronics, based in California
07.06.20

An overwhelming response to the competition will help advance the design of a mechanical rover concept that could one day explore the hellish surface of Venus.

Artist's concept of SPARROW
06.24.20

SPARROW, a steam-powered robotic concept, could one day take giant leaps over some of the most hazardous terrains known (and unknown) in the solar system.

Cold Atom Laboratory
06.12.20

A new study describes how the mission became the first to make a fifth state of matter in Earth orbit, and the advantages of studying atoms in space.

ASTERIA
06.02.20

About the size of a briefcase, the CubeSat was built to test new technologies but exceeded expectations by spotting a planet outside our solar system.

A small glacier in the Arctic region of Norwegian archipelago Svalbard
06.01.20

Continuous monitoring of glaciers and ice caps has provided unprecedented insights to global ice loss that could have serious socioeconomic impacts on some regions.

Christina Koch assists with a hardware upgrade for NASA's Cold Atom Lab
05.12.20

The Cold Atom Lab is using microgravity to learn about atoms and the quantum world, which could pave the way for new technologies in space and on the ground.

Artist's concept showing the briefcase-sized Lunar Flashlight spacecraft
04.27.20

To support the next wave of human exploration, the Lunar Flashlight mission will look for potential ice hidden at the Moon's South Pole.

A seafloor vent called a white smoker
04.16.20

By mimicking rocky seafloor chimneys in the lab, scientists have produced new evidence that these features could have provided the right ingredients to kick-start life.

Bob Balaram and Mars Helicopter
04.02.20

The Mars Helicopter is riding to the Red Planet this summer with NASA's Perseverance rover. The helicopter's chief engineer, Bob Balaram, shares the saga of how it came into being.

Denman Glacier in East Antarctica
03.25.20

The shape of the ground beneath Denman Glacier, which is melting from the bottom up, makes it particularly vulnerable to the intrusion of seawater.

Mars Helicopter
03.18.20

From lasers to rovers, the technology JPL develops for space often has unanticipated uses much closer to home.

An aerial view of the icebergs near Kulusuk Island
03.17.20

The two regions have lost 6.4 trillion tons of ice in three decades; unabated, this rate of melting could cause flooding that affects hundreds of millions of people by 2100.

PUFFER robot
03.10.20

The upgraded Autonomous Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot, or A-PUFFER, is on a roll. The technology could find itself on a commercial lunar lander in the next few years.

CoSTAR member and Caltech graduate student Amanda Bouman operates a robot called Spot
03.02.20

Team CoSTAR, which includes NASA's JPL, Caltech and MIT engineers, placed first.

starshade
02.25.20

The JPL Strategic Technologies document identifies technology areas essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

An illustration of a concept for a possible wind-powered Venus rover.
02.21.20

To survive the planet's intense heat and crushing surface pressure, the rover would need an obstacle-avoidance system unlike any other.

Artist's concept of Deep Space Station-23
02.11.20

Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers.

Strategic Technologies cover
02.10.20

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is noteworthy for its sustained ability to accomplish challenging measurements and missions. JPL can continue to achieve its historical level of success only by developing and applying increasingly advanced technology to future missions.