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 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 NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars
02.28.14

Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars.

Image of Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets
02.17.14

NASA is pursuing new partnerships and collaborations to accelerate existing work to find near-Earth asteroids and know what to do about them.

Image of University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL
02.04.14

University High School of Irvine, Calif., beat out 23 other local high schools in an all-day, 'buzzer-beater'-style Science Bowl held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image of NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals
01.30.14

NASA will fund seven proposals, including one from JPL, to conduct physics research on the agency's new microgravity laboratory, launching to the International Space Station.

Image of JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software (UPDATED)
01.22.14

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013.

Image of Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!
01.13.14

RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year.

Image of Magnet Image
12.23.13

JPL researchers have shown how a new technology called magnetic shielding significantly increases the life of Hall thrusters while enabling operating voltages 100 percent higher than previously demonstrated.

Image of NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50
12.18.13

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

Image of JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology
12.17.13

A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

Image of NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems
12.10.13

Scientists have enhanced existing GPS technologies to develop new systems for California and elsewhere to warn of hazards from earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events.

Image of Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space
12.06.13

Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments.

Image of NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad for Glacial Health
12.05.13

A NASA-led study has discovered a link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica that has implications for sea-level rise.

Image of JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development
11.22.13

Senior members from the oil and gas company Statoil were at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to participate in a ceremony for a recently signed agreement with NASA.

Image of NASA Issues 2014 Call for Advanced Technology Concepts
11.18.13

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives.

Image of Maps
11.18.13

JPL technologists continue work on developing new software tools to process and analyze Big Data for DARPA’s XDATA project.

Image of Study Finds Climate Link to Atmospheric-River Storms
11.08.13

A NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms and global climate patterns may help predict winter snowfall and spring flooding in California's Sierra Nevadas.

Image of Plane
10.28.13

JPL has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Chevron Corporation in a recent field experiment that demonstrated advanced technologies for measuring methane emissions.

Image of Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space
10.17.13

As the flow of large and complex data streams from space increases, so do strategies to handle the deluge.

Image of Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of NASA Mars Rover
09.26.13

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere.

Image of NASA, Homeland Security Test Disaster Recovery Tool
09.25.13

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a portable radar device to detect victims trapped in large piles of rubble after a disaster.

Image of New Technology Can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble
09.17.13

New technology may allow victims trapped in piles of rubble to be rescued more quickly.

Image of 2013 JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Awards
09.12.13

Winners of the annual 2013 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of NASA Study Eyes Soot's Role in 1800s Glacier Retreat
09.03.13

A NASA-led team of scientist-sleuths has uncovered strong evidence for the culprit in a 150-year-old 'cold' case involving the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps.

Image of Ape-Like RoboSimian Under Construction
08.20.13

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Image of JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
08.13.13

JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.

Image of JPL Selects NASA Deep Space Network Subcontractor
07.23.13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected ITT Exelis Information Systems to operate and maintain the NASA Deep Space Network complex and perform other support functions.

Image of NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected for Study
07.22.13

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including two from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact.

Image of Radio Bursts Discovered From Beyond our Galaxy
07.11.13

Astronomers have discovered bursts of radio waves originating from beyond our galaxy.

Image of NASA's OPALS to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
07.11.13

NASA will use the International Space Station to test new technology that could improve spacecraft communications and strengthen transmission of scientific data.

Image of JPL Scores High in DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge
06.27.13

A JPL group was among the top teams in DARPA's recent Virtual Robotics Challenge.

Image of NASA Announces Winners of 2012 George M. Low Award
06.23.13

Two companies with a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service are receiving NASA's prestigious George M. Low Award.

Image of Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss
06.13.13

Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.

Image of NASA Curiosity Rover Wins Prestigious Awards
05.13.13

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards.

Image of How to Target an Asteroid
04.18.13

The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid.

Image of NASA Selects 2013 Carl Sagan Fellows
04.09.13

NASA has announced recipients of the 2013 Sagan Exoplanet Fellowships, a program designed to encourage new talent in exoplanet research.

Image of NASA Sends Unmanned Aircraft to Study Volcanic Plume
04.01.13

Like bees buzzing around a hive, three repurposed military unmanned aircraft were sent by NASA into a Costa Rican volcano's plume last month to study its chemical environment.

Image of NASA Announces New CubeSat Space Mission Candidates
02.26.13

NASA has selected 24 small satellites, including three from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Image of A New Generation of Sensors for Space Exploration
02.19.13

A collaborative effort between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Delft University of Technology has demonstrated a novel optical sensor for the analysis of the composition and of the origin of geological formations.

Image of National Space Club Honors Mars Curiosity
02.14.13

The National Space Club will honor NASA's Curiosity/Mars Science Laboratory team with three awards, including the prestigious Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy.

Image of Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardizing Amazon Forest
01.17.13

An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study.

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 NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars
02.28.14

Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars.

Image of Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets
02.17.14

NASA is pursuing new partnerships and collaborations to accelerate existing work to find near-Earth asteroids and know what to do about them.

Image of University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL
02.04.14

University High School of Irvine, Calif., beat out 23 other local high schools in an all-day, 'buzzer-beater'-style Science Bowl held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image of NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals
01.30.14

NASA will fund seven proposals, including one from JPL, to conduct physics research on the agency's new microgravity laboratory, launching to the International Space Station.

Image of JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software (UPDATED)
01.22.14

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013.

Image of Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!
01.13.14

RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year.

Image of Magnet Image
12.23.13

JPL researchers have shown how a new technology called magnetic shielding significantly increases the life of Hall thrusters while enabling operating voltages 100 percent higher than previously demonstrated.

Image of NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50
12.18.13

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

Image of JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology
12.17.13

A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

Image of NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems
12.10.13

Scientists have enhanced existing GPS technologies to develop new systems for California and elsewhere to warn of hazards from earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events.

Image of Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space
12.06.13

Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments.

Image of NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad for Glacial Health
12.05.13

A NASA-led study has discovered a link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica that has implications for sea-level rise.

Image of JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development
11.22.13

Senior members from the oil and gas company Statoil were at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to participate in a ceremony for a recently signed agreement with NASA.

Image of NASA Issues 2014 Call for Advanced Technology Concepts
11.18.13

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives.

Image of Maps
11.18.13

JPL technologists continue work on developing new software tools to process and analyze Big Data for DARPA’s XDATA project.

Image of Study Finds Climate Link to Atmospheric-River Storms
11.08.13

A NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms and global climate patterns may help predict winter snowfall and spring flooding in California's Sierra Nevadas.

Image of Plane
10.28.13

JPL has partnered with the Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Chevron Corporation in a recent field experiment that demonstrated advanced technologies for measuring methane emissions.

Image of Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space
10.17.13

As the flow of large and complex data streams from space increases, so do strategies to handle the deluge.

Image of Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of NASA Mars Rover
09.26.13

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere.

Image of NASA, Homeland Security Test Disaster Recovery Tool
09.25.13

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a portable radar device to detect victims trapped in large piles of rubble after a disaster.

Image of New Technology Can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble
09.17.13

New technology may allow victims trapped in piles of rubble to be rescued more quickly.

Image of 2013 JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Awards
09.12.13

Winners of the annual 2013 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of NASA Study Eyes Soot's Role in 1800s Glacier Retreat
09.03.13

A NASA-led team of scientist-sleuths has uncovered strong evidence for the culprit in a 150-year-old 'cold' case involving the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps.

Image of Ape-Like RoboSimian Under Construction
08.20.13

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Image of JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
08.13.13

JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.

Image of JPL Selects NASA Deep Space Network Subcontractor
07.23.13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected ITT Exelis Information Systems to operate and maintain the NASA Deep Space Network complex and perform other support functions.

Image of NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected for Study
07.22.13

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including two from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact.

Image of Radio Bursts Discovered From Beyond our Galaxy
07.11.13

Astronomers have discovered bursts of radio waves originating from beyond our galaxy.

Image of NASA's OPALS to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
07.11.13

NASA will use the International Space Station to test new technology that could improve spacecraft communications and strengthen transmission of scientific data.

Image of JPL Scores High in DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge
06.27.13

A JPL group was among the top teams in DARPA's recent Virtual Robotics Challenge.

Image of NASA Announces Winners of 2012 George M. Low Award
06.23.13

Two companies with a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service are receiving NASA's prestigious George M. Low Award.

Image of Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss
06.13.13

Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.

Image of NASA Curiosity Rover Wins Prestigious Awards
05.13.13

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards.

Image of How to Target an Asteroid
04.18.13

The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid.

Image of NASA Selects 2013 Carl Sagan Fellows
04.09.13

NASA has announced recipients of the 2013 Sagan Exoplanet Fellowships, a program designed to encourage new talent in exoplanet research.

Image of NASA Sends Unmanned Aircraft to Study Volcanic Plume
04.01.13

Like bees buzzing around a hive, three repurposed military unmanned aircraft were sent by NASA into a Costa Rican volcano's plume last month to study its chemical environment.

Image of NASA Announces New CubeSat Space Mission Candidates
02.26.13

NASA has selected 24 small satellites, including three from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Image of A New Generation of Sensors for Space Exploration
02.19.13

A collaborative effort between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Delft University of Technology has demonstrated a novel optical sensor for the analysis of the composition and of the origin of geological formations.

Image of National Space Club Honors Mars Curiosity
02.14.13

The National Space Club will honor NASA's Curiosity/Mars Science Laboratory team with three awards, including the prestigious Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy.

Image of Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardizing Amazon Forest
01.17.13

An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study.