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.

Image of Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology
03.18.15

The ADAPT test system can help a spacecraft divert its course and make a smooth, pinpoint landing. Two technology demonstration test flights were completed in California in 2014.

Image of Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications
02.26.15

A new study of Earth's ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere, could have applications for better GPS communications.

Image of National Academy of Engineering Adds Two JPL Members
02.11.15

Two JPL researchers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for engineers.

Image of NASA Aircraft, Spacecraft Aid Atmospheric River Study
02.05.15

NASA is part of a major field campaign studying intense atmospheric river storms from the ocean, land, air and space

Image of SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica
01.22.15

An instrument called SPIDER just landed after 16 days drifting in the wind above Antarctica, searching for signs of inflation in the earliest moments of the universe.

Image of Helicopter Could be 'Scout' for Mars Rovers
01.22.15

A proposed helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day and help pinpoint interesting targets for study.

Image of Spinoff 2015: NASA Technologies Benefit Society
01.21.15

The new edition of NASA's Spinoff presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world, including several that were developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image of NASA Mountaintop Sensor Finds High Methane over LA
01.14.15

NASA instruments on a mountaintop show that Los Angeles' annual methane emissions are 18 to 61 percent higher than the best previous estimates.

Image of Machines Teach Astronomers About Stars
01.08.15

The same technology that suggests what movies you might like to watch is helping astronomers learn about stars

Image of Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy
01.08.15

Signals from NASA's Saturn-orbiting probe and the keen eyes of a continent-spanning telescope array yield greatly improved knowledge of the 'true' center of the Saturn system

Image of NASA Robot Plunges Into Volcano to Explore Fissure
01.07.15

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing robots to explore volcanoes.

Image of Small CubeSat Provides Big Space Experience
01.05.15

The future looks bright for CubeSats at JPL

Image of NASA Finds Good News on Forests and Carbon Dioxide
01.05.15

A NASA-led study suggests that tropical forests absorb more carbon dioxide than scientists thought. That means, if left undisturbed, the tropical trees should be able to continue reducing the rate of global warming.

Image of Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight
12.22.14

Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.

Image of NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at Science Conference
12.12.14

NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Image of Chip
12.09.14

New low-power spectrometer processor chip capable of detecting trace gases.

Image of Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility
12.09.14

An innovative robot developed at JPL will perform several disaster-relief tasks in next year's DARPA Robotics Challenge finals.

Image of OPALS: Light Beams Let Data Rates Soar
12.09.14

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space.

Image of Students 'Keep It Moving' for Contest at JPL
12.08.14

Twenty teams of students from Southern California middle and high schools, plus seven JPL teams, competed in the JPL Invention Challenge, called 'Keep It Moving.'

Image of NASA Seeks Comments on Possible Airship Challenge
11.30.14

NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records for duration of flight at high altitudes.

Image of NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions
11.30.14

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns, including one from JPL, will take to the skies in 2015 to investigate how air pollution, warming ocean waters and fires affect climate.

Image of JPL and Caltech to Host 2018 COSPAR Conference
11.25.14

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), an international scientific organization, will have its 2018 meeting in Pasadena, California, hosted by Caltech and supported by JPL.

Image of NASA Saucer Named 'Best of What's New'
11.24.14

NASA's 'flying saucer' has earned recognition from Popular Science magazine as an innovation worthy of the publication's 'Best of What's New' Award in the aerospace category.

Image of Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'
11.20.14

New research from JPL could have implications for transmitting information securely, including communications between Earth and spacecraft.

Image of NASA Rocket Experiment: Universe is Brighter Than We Thought
11.06.14

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined.

Image of Cold Atom Laboratory Chills Atoms to New Lows
09.26.14

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument.

Image of Winners photo
09.04.14

Winners of the annual 2014 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of Solar Power, Origami-Style
08.14.14

Origami has been a hot topic in technology recently. Brian Trease at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been thinking about how it could be used in spacecraft.

Image of The Future is Now: Concepts Chosen for Study
08.06.14

Five technology proposals, including one from JPL, have been selected for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

Image of Science Fair Project Spins Up NASA Hurricane Study
08.05.14

With the help of a JPL researcher, high school intern Alice Zhai has turned her science fair project into the first look at the economic impacts of hurricane size.

Image of Chip
08.04.14

Researchers at JPL and UCLA have developed new WiFi technology to give wearable devices full access to the web's unlimited resources.

Image of Printing the Metals of the Future
07.28.14

Spacecraft components may need custom parts that traditional manufacturing processes can't make. A 3-D printing technique JPL scientists are using may solve such problems.

Image of Four JPL Suborbital Technology Payloads Chosen
07.10.14

From hopping/tumbling robots to gecko-inspired adhesives, various technologies, including four from JPL, have been chosen by NASA for suborbital flight.

Image of First LDSD Test Flight a Success
06.30.14

The project declares the first test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator a success.

Image of NASA Beams 'Hello, World!' Video from Space via Laser
06.08.14

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

Image of NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected
06.05.14

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

Image of Unclouding Our View of Future Climate
05.22.14

A NASA-led study may help narrow the range of climate models' global temperatures forecasts.

Image of West Antarctic Glacier Loss Appears Unstoppable
05.13.14

A new NASA study finds that a section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in a state of irreversible decline, with nothing to stop it from melting into the sea.

Image of NASA Uses GPS to Find Sierra Water Weight
05.11.14

For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada.

Image of Ganymede May Harbor 'Club Sandwich' of Oceans and Ice
05.05.14

Jupiter's largest moon might be stacked with multiple layers of oceans and ice.

Image of NASA-CNES Proceed on Surface Water and Ocean Mission
05.05.14

NASA and the French space agency CNES have agreed to jointly build, launch and operate a mission to survey Earth's surface water and map ocean surface height.

Image of NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives
04.28.14

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

Image of JPL Lasercomm Cargo Launched to Space Station
04.21.14

JPL's OPALS lasercomm experiment arrived at the International Space Station on April 20, 2014, via SpaceX Dragon.

Image of New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins
04.15.14

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.

Image of International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth
04.14.14

NASA's OPALS project readies for launch

Image of Space Sunflower May Help Snap Pictures of Planets
03.24.14

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.

Image of Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits, NASA Finds
03.18.14

A new NASA-led study has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit.

Image of NASA Technology Views Birth of the Universe
03.17.14

Using JPL-developed technology, astronomers have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe.

Image of How Did Life Arise? Fuel Cells May Have Answers
03.13.14

A new JPL-led study demonstrates a unique way to study the origins of life: fuel cells.

Image of Lake
03.06.14

New analyses of NASA radar data from 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year.

Image of Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology
03.18.15

The ADAPT test system can help a spacecraft divert its course and make a smooth, pinpoint landing. Two technology demonstration test flights were completed in California in 2014.

Image of Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications
02.26.15

A new study of Earth's ionosphere, a part of the upper atmosphere, could have applications for better GPS communications.

Image of National Academy of Engineering Adds Two JPL Members
02.11.15

Two JPL researchers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction for engineers.

Image of NASA Aircraft, Spacecraft Aid Atmospheric River Study
02.05.15

NASA is part of a major field campaign studying intense atmospheric river storms from the ocean, land, air and space

Image of SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica
01.22.15

An instrument called SPIDER just landed after 16 days drifting in the wind above Antarctica, searching for signs of inflation in the earliest moments of the universe.

Image of Helicopter Could be 'Scout' for Mars Rovers
01.22.15

A proposed helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day and help pinpoint interesting targets for study.

Image of Spinoff 2015: NASA Technologies Benefit Society
01.21.15

The new edition of NASA's Spinoff presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world, including several that were developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image of NASA Mountaintop Sensor Finds High Methane over LA
01.14.15

NASA instruments on a mountaintop show that Los Angeles' annual methane emissions are 18 to 61 percent higher than the best previous estimates.

Image of Machines Teach Astronomers About Stars
01.08.15

The same technology that suggests what movies you might like to watch is helping astronomers learn about stars

Image of Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy
01.08.15

Signals from NASA's Saturn-orbiting probe and the keen eyes of a continent-spanning telescope array yield greatly improved knowledge of the 'true' center of the Saturn system

Image of NASA Robot Plunges Into Volcano to Explore Fissure
01.07.15

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing robots to explore volcanoes.

Image of Small CubeSat Provides Big Space Experience
01.05.15

The future looks bright for CubeSats at JPL

Image of NASA Finds Good News on Forests and Carbon Dioxide
01.05.15

A NASA-led study suggests that tropical forests absorb more carbon dioxide than scientists thought. That means, if left undisturbed, the tropical trees should be able to continue reducing the rate of global warming.

Image of Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight
12.22.14

Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.

Image of NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at Science Conference
12.12.14

NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Image of Chip
12.09.14

New low-power spectrometer processor chip capable of detecting trace gases.

Image of Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility
12.09.14

An innovative robot developed at JPL will perform several disaster-relief tasks in next year's DARPA Robotics Challenge finals.

Image of OPALS: Light Beams Let Data Rates Soar
12.09.14

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space.

Image of Students 'Keep It Moving' for Contest at JPL
12.08.14

Twenty teams of students from Southern California middle and high schools, plus seven JPL teams, competed in the JPL Invention Challenge, called 'Keep It Moving.'

Image of NASA Seeks Comments on Possible Airship Challenge
11.30.14

NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records for duration of flight at high altitudes.

Image of NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions
11.30.14

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns, including one from JPL, will take to the skies in 2015 to investigate how air pollution, warming ocean waters and fires affect climate.

Image of JPL and Caltech to Host 2018 COSPAR Conference
11.25.14

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), an international scientific organization, will have its 2018 meeting in Pasadena, California, hosted by Caltech and supported by JPL.

Image of NASA Saucer Named 'Best of What's New'
11.24.14

NASA's 'flying saucer' has earned recognition from Popular Science magazine as an innovation worthy of the publication's 'Best of What's New' Award in the aerospace category.

Image of Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'
11.20.14

New research from JPL could have implications for transmitting information securely, including communications between Earth and spacecraft.

Image of NASA Rocket Experiment: Universe is Brighter Than We Thought
11.06.14

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined.

Image of Cold Atom Laboratory Chills Atoms to New Lows
09.26.14

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument.

Image of Winners photo
09.04.14

Winners of the annual 2014 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of Solar Power, Origami-Style
08.14.14

Origami has been a hot topic in technology recently. Brian Trease at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been thinking about how it could be used in spacecraft.

Image of The Future is Now: Concepts Chosen for Study
08.06.14

Five technology proposals, including one from JPL, have been selected for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

Image of Science Fair Project Spins Up NASA Hurricane Study
08.05.14

With the help of a JPL researcher, high school intern Alice Zhai has turned her science fair project into the first look at the economic impacts of hurricane size.

Image of Chip
08.04.14

Researchers at JPL and UCLA have developed new WiFi technology to give wearable devices full access to the web's unlimited resources.

Image of Printing the Metals of the Future
07.28.14

Spacecraft components may need custom parts that traditional manufacturing processes can't make. A 3-D printing technique JPL scientists are using may solve such problems.

Image of Four JPL Suborbital Technology Payloads Chosen
07.10.14

From hopping/tumbling robots to gecko-inspired adhesives, various technologies, including four from JPL, have been chosen by NASA for suborbital flight.

Image of First LDSD Test Flight a Success
06.30.14

The project declares the first test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator a success.

Image of NASA Beams 'Hello, World!' Video from Space via Laser
06.08.14

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

Image of NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected
06.05.14

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

Image of Unclouding Our View of Future Climate
05.22.14

A NASA-led study may help narrow the range of climate models' global temperatures forecasts.

Image of West Antarctic Glacier Loss Appears Unstoppable
05.13.14

A new NASA study finds that a section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in a state of irreversible decline, with nothing to stop it from melting into the sea.

Image of NASA Uses GPS to Find Sierra Water Weight
05.11.14

For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada.

Image of Ganymede May Harbor 'Club Sandwich' of Oceans and Ice
05.05.14

Jupiter's largest moon might be stacked with multiple layers of oceans and ice.

Image of NASA-CNES Proceed on Surface Water and Ocean Mission
05.05.14

NASA and the French space agency CNES have agreed to jointly build, launch and operate a mission to survey Earth's surface water and map ocean surface height.

Image of NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives
04.28.14

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

Image of JPL Lasercomm Cargo Launched to Space Station
04.21.14

JPL's OPALS lasercomm experiment arrived at the International Space Station on April 20, 2014, via SpaceX Dragon.

Image of New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins
04.15.14

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.

Image of International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth
04.14.14

NASA's OPALS project readies for launch

Image of Space Sunflower May Help Snap Pictures of Planets
03.24.14

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.

Image of Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits, NASA Finds
03.18.14

A new NASA-led study has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit.

Image of NASA Technology Views Birth of the Universe
03.17.14

Using JPL-developed technology, astronomers have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe.

Image of How Did Life Arise? Fuel Cells May Have Answers
03.13.14

A new JPL-led study demonstrates a unique way to study the origins of life: fuel cells.

Image of Lake
03.06.14

New analyses of NASA radar data from 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year.