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.

still from slow motion video of the Mars 2020 parachute deploying
10.29.18

The supersonic parachute that will handle the heaviest payload yet to the Red Planet - Mars 2020 rover - passes its final sounding rocket test with flying colors.

Beaufort Sea
10.11.18

The Arctic Ocean's sea ice blanket has already lost most of its old ice and two-thirds of its thickness. The younger ice is thinning more slowly and variably.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines
10.10.18

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars has received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

Approximate location of the newly mapped Ocotillo section
10.08.18

There's new evidence that a short section of fault in the California desert connects known faults in California and Mexico into one long, continuous system.

ASTERIA in the clean room
09.26.18

A partnership between JPL and MIT on the ASTERIA spacecraft has demonstrated CubeSat utility for astrophysics.

Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds' title='Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds
09.25.18

Smoke and human-caused pollution have different effects on the clouds that produce much of Earth's rainfall, a new study finds.

The observed direction of polar motion
09.20.18

NASA has identified three processes responsible for wobbles in Earth's axis of rotation: water mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.

Flooding in Otey, Texas
09.20.18

In a new NASA-led study, scientists used GPS data to track where Hurricane Harvey's stormwater went and how long it took to dissipate.

Image of 2018 Technology Highlights Cover
09.17.18

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. 

2018 Postdocs Awards Day Ceremony
09.04.18

Winners of the annual 2018 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

ASTERIA team
08.14.18

The ASTERIA mission has received the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award for demonstrating "a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites."

Line of dead and damaged trees after a surface fire in the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil
08.09.18

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

2017 image of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park in the Yukon
08.06.18

A new NASA-led study shows that the carbon cycle in the Arctic is speeding up.

Students and hobbyists can now build their own scaled-down rovers.  Image Credit: Emily Velasco
07.31.18

The JPL Open Source Rover Project allows students and hobbyists to build their own scaled down version of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Series of graphs
07.31.18

The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space: NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms.

Artist's concept of radiation from Jupiter
07.23.18

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter's icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look.

Depiction of a mapping of the positions of known near-Earth objects
07.23.18

NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies enters its third decade of predicting possible impacts.

These images show the sunlit side of Earth in 10 different wavelengths of light that fall within the infrared, visible and ultraviolet ranges; the images are representational-color, because not all of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye.
06.29.18

A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet and shows that even with very little light -- as little as one pixel -- it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.

Graphic showing chart
06.07.18

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA's search for life.

Artist's concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter's northern hemisphere
06.06.18

NASA's Juno spacecraft finds lightning on Jupiter is same as in Earth in some ways, opposite in others.

technology
05.30.18

NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology for future space missions, including 49 managed by JPL.

Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS Instrument
05.24.18

A new NASA-led study shows the events are likely to intensify, but become slightly less frequent, across most of the globe by the end of this century.

The complete TEMPEST-D spacecraft shown with the solar panels deployed.
05.17.18

The next International Space Station resupply mission, launching this weekend, will carry three small satellites to test the next generation of Earth-observing technology.

Mars Helicopter
05.14.18

NASA is adding a Mars helicopter to the agency's next mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.

An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft
05.07.18

MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA's InSight lander today.

Artist's conception of the planned SWOT satellite over the Amazon basin
04.26.18

River floods are one of Earth's most common and devastating natural disasters. A NASA study analyzes how river-observing satellites can better help mitigate their effects.

Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
04.19.18

The first CubeSat mission to deep space will launch in May.

NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
04.03.18

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) in 2018.

FPA examples
04.03.18

HOT BIRD Isn't Hot or a Bird. It's the World-Class IR Detector You've Never Heard Of.

Artist's collage
04.02.18

NASA is investing in technology concepts, including several from JPL, that may one day be used for future space exploration missions​.

Tom Cwik
04.02.18

Startup companies in the aerospace sector descended on JPL to pitch their ideas to JPL technologists, corporate and government agency leaders, and potential investors.

Tundra polygons on Alaska's North Slope
03.05.18

Permafrost in the far northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a source of carbon to the atmosphere in 40 to 60 years.

The flow of Antarctic ice
02.20.18

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Matthias Maurer of ESA inserts samples into the MinION DNA sequencer
02.08.18

New technology could cut months off the time it takes to study molecular biology on the International Space Station.

Artist's illustration of the Deep Space Atomic Clock
02.06.18

JPL project could help spacecraft keep time more efficiently.

University High School took first place at the regional Science Bowl competition
01.30.18

Students were quizzed on a variety of science questions this past weekend.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory used their expertise at detecting faint signals in satellite data
01.26.18

JPL technology to help find disaster survivors under rubble is included in the 2018 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication, which features 49 technologies the agency helped create.

A coating of dust on snow speeds the pace of snowmelt in the spring.
01.24.18

The amount of dust on the snowpack, not the warmth of the spring air, controls the pace of spring snowmelt flowing into the Colorado River.

Map of the world from space highlighting burn areas.
01.03.18

A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.

Rover path
12.20.17

JPL’s driverless rovers get another upgrade.

The view from NASA's ER-2
12.20.17

Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems.

Shouleh Nikzad
12.14.17

Dr. Shouleh Nikzad was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Team Golden Tulip
12.04.17

Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones
11.21.17

Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.

The contribution of melting ice in Greenland
11.21.17

A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.

Sabinyo volcano and thick forest in Virunga National Park
11.17.17

The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.

Pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae
11.09.17

Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet
11.07.17

A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft
10.18.17

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions' title='The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions
10.12.17

OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.

still from slow motion video of the Mars 2020 parachute deploying
10.29.18

The supersonic parachute that will handle the heaviest payload yet to the Red Planet - Mars 2020 rover - passes its final sounding rocket test with flying colors.

Beaufort Sea
10.11.18

The Arctic Ocean's sea ice blanket has already lost most of its old ice and two-thirds of its thickness. The younger ice is thinning more slowly and variably.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines
10.10.18

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars has received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

Approximate location of the newly mapped Ocotillo section
10.08.18

There's new evidence that a short section of fault in the California desert connects known faults in California and Mexico into one long, continuous system.

ASTERIA in the clean room
09.26.18

A partnership between JPL and MIT on the ASTERIA spacecraft has demonstrated CubeSat utility for astrophysics.

Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds' title='Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds
09.25.18

Smoke and human-caused pollution have different effects on the clouds that produce much of Earth's rainfall, a new study finds.

The observed direction of polar motion
09.20.18

NASA has identified three processes responsible for wobbles in Earth's axis of rotation: water mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.

Flooding in Otey, Texas
09.20.18

In a new NASA-led study, scientists used GPS data to track where Hurricane Harvey's stormwater went and how long it took to dissipate.

Image of 2018 Technology Highlights Cover
09.17.18

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. 

2018 Postdocs Awards Day Ceremony
09.04.18

Winners of the annual 2018 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

ASTERIA team
08.14.18

The ASTERIA mission has received the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award for demonstrating "a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites."

Line of dead and damaged trees after a surface fire in the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil
08.09.18

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

2017 image of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park in the Yukon
08.06.18

A new NASA-led study shows that the carbon cycle in the Arctic is speeding up.

Students and hobbyists can now build their own scaled-down rovers.  Image Credit: Emily Velasco
07.31.18

The JPL Open Source Rover Project allows students and hobbyists to build their own scaled down version of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Series of graphs
07.31.18

The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space: NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms.

Artist's concept of radiation from Jupiter
07.23.18

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter's icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look.

Depiction of a mapping of the positions of known near-Earth objects
07.23.18

NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies enters its third decade of predicting possible impacts.

These images show the sunlit side of Earth in 10 different wavelengths of light that fall within the infrared, visible and ultraviolet ranges; the images are representational-color, because not all of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye.
06.29.18

A new study uses Earth as a stand-in for an exoplanet and shows that even with very little light -- as little as one pixel -- it is still possible to measure key characteristics of distant worlds.

Graphic showing chart
06.07.18

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA's search for life.

Artist's concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter's northern hemisphere
06.06.18

NASA's Juno spacecraft finds lightning on Jupiter is same as in Earth in some ways, opposite in others.

technology
05.30.18

NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology for future space missions, including 49 managed by JPL.

Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS Instrument
05.24.18

A new NASA-led study shows the events are likely to intensify, but become slightly less frequent, across most of the globe by the end of this century.

The complete TEMPEST-D spacecraft shown with the solar panels deployed.
05.17.18

The next International Space Station resupply mission, launching this weekend, will carry three small satellites to test the next generation of Earth-observing technology.

Mars Helicopter
05.14.18

NASA is adding a Mars helicopter to the agency's next mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.

An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft
05.07.18

MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA's InSight lander today.

Artist's conception of the planned SWOT satellite over the Amazon basin
04.26.18

River floods are one of Earth's most common and devastating natural disasters. A NASA study analyzes how river-observing satellites can better help mitigate their effects.

Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
04.19.18

The first CubeSat mission to deep space will launch in May.

NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
04.03.18

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) in 2018.

FPA examples
04.03.18

HOT BIRD Isn't Hot or a Bird. It's the World-Class IR Detector You've Never Heard Of.

Artist's collage
04.02.18

NASA is investing in technology concepts, including several from JPL, that may one day be used for future space exploration missions​.

Tom Cwik
04.02.18

Startup companies in the aerospace sector descended on JPL to pitch their ideas to JPL technologists, corporate and government agency leaders, and potential investors.

Tundra polygons on Alaska's North Slope
03.05.18

Permafrost in the far northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a source of carbon to the atmosphere in 40 to 60 years.

The flow of Antarctic ice
02.20.18

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Matthias Maurer of ESA inserts samples into the MinION DNA sequencer
02.08.18

New technology could cut months off the time it takes to study molecular biology on the International Space Station.

Artist's illustration of the Deep Space Atomic Clock
02.06.18

JPL project could help spacecraft keep time more efficiently.

University High School took first place at the regional Science Bowl competition
01.30.18

Students were quizzed on a variety of science questions this past weekend.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory used their expertise at detecting faint signals in satellite data
01.26.18

JPL technology to help find disaster survivors under rubble is included in the 2018 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication, which features 49 technologies the agency helped create.

A coating of dust on snow speeds the pace of snowmelt in the spring.
01.24.18

The amount of dust on the snowpack, not the warmth of the spring air, controls the pace of spring snowmelt flowing into the Colorado River.

Map of the world from space highlighting burn areas.
01.03.18

A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.

Rover path
12.20.17

JPL’s driverless rovers get another upgrade.

The view from NASA's ER-2
12.20.17

Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems.

Shouleh Nikzad
12.14.17

Dr. Shouleh Nikzad was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Team Golden Tulip
12.04.17

Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones
11.21.17

Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.

The contribution of melting ice in Greenland
11.21.17

A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.

Sabinyo volcano and thick forest in Virunga National Park
11.17.17

The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.

Pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae
11.09.17

Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet
11.07.17

A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft
10.18.17

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions' title='The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions
10.12.17

OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.