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.

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.

Arctic sea ice
02.07.20

Using 12 years of satellite data, NASA scientists have measured how the influx of cold, fresh water is affecting the Beaufort Gyre, a major Arctic current.

Several quasars
01.09.20

The mysterious material makes up most of the mass in the universe, yet scientists don't understand its fundamental properties. Hubble observations have provided new clues.

2019 Highlights cover
12.04.19

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. 

Military weather forecasters
11.20.19

SMAP satellite soil moisture measurements now increase the accuracy of Army and Air Force weather forecasts and advisories.

The first global geologic map of Titan
11.18.19

NASA scientists used data from different instruments to detail the array of geologic features across the giant moon of Saturn.

An underwater rover called BRUIE is being tested in Antarctica to look for life under the ice.
11.18.19

A two-wheeled robot that can roll beneath sea ice will test its ability in the Antarctic Ocean. BRUIE is being developed by JPL for possible future missions to icy moons.

Neptune Moon Dance
11.14.19

Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.

Views from NASA's Methane Source Finder
11.07.19

NASA scientists flew over thousands of facilities in California to detect sources of concentrated methane plumes. Their findings could help the state lower emissions.

2019 Postdoc Research Day Winners
09.25.19

Winners of the annual 2019 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

A prototype of the transforming robot Shapeshifter
09.25.19

JPL robotics engineers are experimenting with Shapeshifter, a swarm of small robots that can morph into different vehicles to explore alien worlds.

JPL and its university partners are competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge
08.13.19

Whether they fly, roll or do both, these machines could be the future of exploring beneath the surface of other worlds.

Three JPL researchers win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
07.29.19

Three JPL researchers received the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.

Human hand holding aerogel compound
07.15.19

Researchers are studying whether a wonder material used in Mars rovers could help warm parts of the Red Planet rich in water ice.

The climbing robot LEMUR rests after scaling a cliff in Death Valley, California
07.10.19

A new generation of robots being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can crawl, walk and even climb cliffs.

A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy
07.09.19

Scientists have developed a technique for analyzing satellite data that can reveal subtle structural changes in bridges and other infrastructure.

Artist's concept of Orbital Test Bed satellite flying over Earth
06.14.19

JPL navigators Todd Ely and Jill Seubert fly rovers to Mars. Now the pair have a new mission: helping to develop a future in which spacecraft and landers navigate themselves.

This artist's concept shows the geometry of a space telescope aligned with a starshade
06.11.19

To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.

Flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter
06.06.19

The Mars Helicopter - a small, autonomous aircraft that will demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars - has passed several key tests with flying colors.

Technicians integrate NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock into the Orbital Test Bed Earth-orbiting satellite, which will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, on June 22, 2019.
06.04.19

On June 22, NASA will launch a new technology that could change the way we navigate through space.

Illustration of a comet, ice grains and Earth's oceans
05.23.19

New observations reveal that water in comets and Earth's oceans may share common composition, suggesting more comets than previously thought could have delivered water to Earth.

New surface features of the Moon
05.13.19

High-resolution images show the Moon's lava plains are part of a much younger, shifting landscape than scientists realized.

Thwaites Glacier
04.25.19

How will Antarctica's melting ice sheet affect sea level rise hundreds of years in the future? Scientists now have a more accurate model to answer this question.

2019 John L. Swigert, Jr., Award
04.10.19

The historic mission is the 2019 winner of the John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

Earth-observing CubeSats
04.10.19

New technology that could support missions to the surface of Venus is one of many concepts chosen for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

Smartphone navigation app
04.03.19

More precise GPS, long-lasting sutures for heart surgery, and robots for disaster zones are among the spinoffs of inventions pioneered by NASA-JPL that benefit life on Earth.

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.

Arctic sea ice
02.07.20

Using 12 years of satellite data, NASA scientists have measured how the influx of cold, fresh water is affecting the Beaufort Gyre, a major Arctic current.

Several quasars
01.09.20

The mysterious material makes up most of the mass in the universe, yet scientists don't understand its fundamental properties. Hubble observations have provided new clues.

2019 Highlights cover
12.04.19

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. 

Military weather forecasters
11.20.19

SMAP satellite soil moisture measurements now increase the accuracy of Army and Air Force weather forecasts and advisories.

The first global geologic map of Titan
11.18.19

NASA scientists used data from different instruments to detail the array of geologic features across the giant moon of Saturn.

An underwater rover called BRUIE is being tested in Antarctica to look for life under the ice.
11.18.19

A two-wheeled robot that can roll beneath sea ice will test its ability in the Antarctic Ocean. BRUIE is being developed by JPL for possible future missions to icy moons.

Neptune Moon Dance
11.14.19

Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.

Views from NASA's Methane Source Finder
11.07.19

NASA scientists flew over thousands of facilities in California to detect sources of concentrated methane plumes. Their findings could help the state lower emissions.

2019 Postdoc Research Day Winners
09.25.19

Winners of the annual 2019 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

A prototype of the transforming robot Shapeshifter
09.25.19

JPL robotics engineers are experimenting with Shapeshifter, a swarm of small robots that can morph into different vehicles to explore alien worlds.

JPL and its university partners are competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge
08.13.19

Whether they fly, roll or do both, these machines could be the future of exploring beneath the surface of other worlds.

Three JPL researchers win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
07.29.19

Three JPL researchers received the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.

Human hand holding aerogel compound
07.15.19

Researchers are studying whether a wonder material used in Mars rovers could help warm parts of the Red Planet rich in water ice.

The climbing robot LEMUR rests after scaling a cliff in Death Valley, California
07.10.19

A new generation of robots being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can crawl, walk and even climb cliffs.

A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy
07.09.19

Scientists have developed a technique for analyzing satellite data that can reveal subtle structural changes in bridges and other infrastructure.

Artist's concept of Orbital Test Bed satellite flying over Earth
06.14.19

JPL navigators Todd Ely and Jill Seubert fly rovers to Mars. Now the pair have a new mission: helping to develop a future in which spacecraft and landers navigate themselves.

This artist's concept shows the geometry of a space telescope aligned with a starshade
06.11.19

To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.

Flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter
06.06.19

The Mars Helicopter - a small, autonomous aircraft that will demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars - has passed several key tests with flying colors.

Technicians integrate NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock into the Orbital Test Bed Earth-orbiting satellite, which will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, on June 22, 2019.
06.04.19

On June 22, NASA will launch a new technology that could change the way we navigate through space.

Illustration of a comet, ice grains and Earth's oceans
05.23.19

New observations reveal that water in comets and Earth's oceans may share common composition, suggesting more comets than previously thought could have delivered water to Earth.

New surface features of the Moon
05.13.19

High-resolution images show the Moon's lava plains are part of a much younger, shifting landscape than scientists realized.

Thwaites Glacier
04.25.19

How will Antarctica's melting ice sheet affect sea level rise hundreds of years in the future? Scientists now have a more accurate model to answer this question.

2019 John L. Swigert, Jr., Award
04.10.19

The historic mission is the 2019 winner of the John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

Earth-observing CubeSats
04.10.19

New technology that could support missions to the surface of Venus is one of many concepts chosen for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

Smartphone navigation app
04.03.19

More precise GPS, long-lasting sutures for heart surgery, and robots for disaster zones are among the spinoffs of inventions pioneered by NASA-JPL that benefit life on Earth.