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 ARRM artist's concept
10.23.15

NASA, through JPL, has issued a call to American industry for innovative ideas involving the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission.

Image of un-treated vs. polymer treated test
10.23.15

A new study describes polymers that could potentially increase the safety of aviation fuel, both during transportation and in the event of a collision.

Image of Postdoc award day winners
10.09.15

Winners of the annual 2015 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of Hedgehog rover
09.08.15

Hedgehog is a new concept for a robot that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of traversing small solar system bodies.

Image of  This schematic drawing shows how a 'metasurface' can generate and focus radially polarized light
09.01.15

Researchers have developed innovative flat, optical lenses as part of a collaboration between JPL and the Caltech.

Image of MARVEL
08.27.15

A tiny 3-D camera for potential use in brain surgery, has been honored with a technology award.

Image of Artist concept of how the Lemur robot could repair the ISS
08.13.15

Geckos have inspired a technology to make things stick together in space.
 

Image of asteroids
08.05.15

Astronomers may have found the source of a particularly hard-to-spot group of near-Earth asteroids, thanks to a once-dormant NASA space telescope.

Image of laboratory-created 'chemical garden'
08.05.15

How did the very first life forms on Earth get an electrical boost? New laboratory experiments offer clues.

Image of Windbot artist concept
07.22.15

Wind-harvesting robotic probes might someday explore the atmospheres of other planets, as well as our home planet, thanks to an innovative NASA JPL study

Image of wearable tech
07.22.15

Researchers at JPL and UCLA have developed a technology that could reduce the power needed to send information from wearable devices

Image of big data
07.08.15

NASA has selected seven technology proposals for continued study under Phase II of the agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, including one from JPL.
 

Image of Project Sidekick test
06.29.15

NASA and Microsoft are teaming up to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
 

Image of signaling molecule
06.23.15

Scientists and engineers have a growing need for tools to help handle, explore and analyze big data. A new JPL/Caltech collaboration will help advance this important field.
 

Image of cubesats
06.15.15

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars - a stationary lander in 2016 - the flight will include the first two CubeSats sent to deep space.

Image of robosimian
06.09.15

The ape-like RoboSimian robot, developed at JPL, took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

Image of OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
05.14.15

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is caused by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space.

Image of NASA Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts for More Study
05.12.15

NASA has selected 15 proposals, including one from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.

Image of NASA Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt
05.12.15

NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.

Image of SWOT
05.06.15

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed and demonstrated a new antenna for the SWOT telecommunication system in record time that is able to downlink high data rates.

Image of DHS and NASA Technology Helps Save Four in Nepal Earthquake Disaster
05.06.15

Four men trapped under up to 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and JPL.

Image of Deep Space Atomic Clock
04.27.15

The Deep Space Atomic Clock mission will explore how to better navigate spacecraft and collect data with more precision.

Image of Glitter Cloud May Serve As Space Mirror
04.15.15

Space telescopes may one day make use of glitter-like materials to help take images of new worlds, according to JPL researchers.

Image of Heat-Converting Material Patents Licensed
04.08.15

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has licensed patents on high-temperature thermoelectric materials to Evident Technologies, Troy, New York, which provides these kinds of materials and related power systems.

Image of Space Radar Helps Track Underground Water Pollution Risk
03.19.15

Satellite observations provide a new and more accurate way to assess where underground water in northern Italy is most at risk from pollutants.

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 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 Chip
12.09.14

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

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 ARRM artist's concept
10.23.15

NASA, through JPL, has issued a call to American industry for innovative ideas involving the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission.

Image of un-treated vs. polymer treated test
10.23.15

A new study describes polymers that could potentially increase the safety of aviation fuel, both during transportation and in the event of a collision.

Image of Postdoc award day winners
10.09.15

Winners of the annual 2015 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of Hedgehog rover
09.08.15

Hedgehog is a new concept for a robot that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of traversing small solar system bodies.

Image of  This schematic drawing shows how a 'metasurface' can generate and focus radially polarized light
09.01.15

Researchers have developed innovative flat, optical lenses as part of a collaboration between JPL and the Caltech.

Image of MARVEL
08.27.15

A tiny 3-D camera for potential use in brain surgery, has been honored with a technology award.

Image of Artist concept of how the Lemur robot could repair the ISS
08.13.15

Geckos have inspired a technology to make things stick together in space.
 

Image of asteroids
08.05.15

Astronomers may have found the source of a particularly hard-to-spot group of near-Earth asteroids, thanks to a once-dormant NASA space telescope.

Image of laboratory-created 'chemical garden'
08.05.15

How did the very first life forms on Earth get an electrical boost? New laboratory experiments offer clues.

Image of wearable tech
07.22.15

Researchers at JPL and UCLA have developed a technology that could reduce the power needed to send information from wearable devices

Image of Windbot artist concept
07.22.15

Wind-harvesting robotic probes might someday explore the atmospheres of other planets, as well as our home planet, thanks to an innovative NASA JPL study

Image of big data
07.08.15

NASA has selected seven technology proposals for continued study under Phase II of the agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, including one from JPL.
 

Image of Project Sidekick test
06.29.15

NASA and Microsoft are teaming up to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
 

Image of signaling molecule
06.23.15

Scientists and engineers have a growing need for tools to help handle, explore and analyze big data. A new JPL/Caltech collaboration will help advance this important field.
 

Image of cubesats
06.15.15

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars - a stationary lander in 2016 - the flight will include the first two CubeSats sent to deep space.

Image of robosimian
06.09.15

The ape-like RoboSimian robot, developed at JPL, took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

Image of OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
05.14.15

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is caused by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space.

Image of NASA Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts for More Study
05.12.15

NASA has selected 15 proposals, including one from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.

Image of NASA Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt
05.12.15

NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.

Image of SWOT
05.06.15

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed and demonstrated a new antenna for the SWOT telecommunication system in record time that is able to downlink high data rates.

Image of DHS and NASA Technology Helps Save Four in Nepal Earthquake Disaster
05.06.15

Four men trapped under up to 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and JPL.

Image of Deep Space Atomic Clock
04.27.15

The Deep Space Atomic Clock mission will explore how to better navigate spacecraft and collect data with more precision.

Image of Glitter Cloud May Serve As Space Mirror
04.15.15

Space telescopes may one day make use of glitter-like materials to help take images of new worlds, according to JPL researchers.

Image of Heat-Converting Material Patents Licensed
04.08.15

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has licensed patents on high-temperature thermoelectric materials to Evident Technologies, Troy, New York, which provides these kinds of materials and related power systems.

Image of Space Radar Helps Track Underground Water Pollution Risk
03.19.15

Satellite observations provide a new and more accurate way to assess where underground water in northern Italy is most at risk from pollutants.

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 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 Chip
12.09.14

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

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.