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 Under their own AEGIS
12.14.09

A new flight software system will enable NASA’s Mars rovers to identify and image targets of interest that might otherwise be missed during long drives.

Image of Muirhead back as chief engineer
11.30.09

Brian Muirhead will return to JPL from his assignment as chief architect and program systems engineer for NASA’s Constellation Program and be reinstated as JPL’s chief engineer.

Image of New Report Provides Update on Recent Climate Changes
11.25.09

JPL researcher Eric Rignot contributed to "The Copenhagen Diagnosis," a new report that synthesizes pertinent climate research over the past four years.

Image of The Legacy of Galileo - 400th Anniversary Events
11.16.09

Two events, including an all-day symposium and a film shot on location at his house, will celebrate the anniversary of Galileo's discoveries through the use of the telescope.

Image of Watching Water Vapor with MOHAVE
11.11.09

Using lidar to obtain high-precision measurements of water vapor in the upper troposphere.

Image of Flying the Unfriendly Skies
10.29.09

Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers are developing a balloon system that could support a future NASA mission to roam the acidic atmosphere of Venus.

Image of 2009 JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Awards
10.27.09

Winners of the annual Postdoctoral Research Day gave lectures on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of JPL Develops High-Speed Test to Improve Pathogen Decontamination
10.20.09

A chemist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has developed a technology intended to rapidly assess any presence of microbial life on spacecraft.

Image of Astronomers do it Again: Find Organic Molecules Around Gas Planet
10.20.09

Peering far beyond our solar system, NASA researchers have detected the basic chemistry for life in a second hot gas planet, advancing astronomers toward the goal of being able to characterize planets where life could exist.

Image of JPL's Dream Team
09.30.09

From instruments to spacecraft systems to entire mission architectures, Team X helps projects in the early planning phase to understand challenges and create roadmaps for turning ideas into reality.

Image of KISS Postdoc Announcement of Opportunity
09.29.09

W.M. Keck Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship information and deadlines

Image of Space drilling
09.21.09

A new book gives an overview of the complexities of drilling for samples in extreme environments on Earth and other planets.

Image of Electronic Nose to Return from Space Station
09.14.09

Sniffing out any potential contaminants on the International Space Station where it was stationed for the last six months, the JPL-built electronic nose, or ENose, is homeward bound.

Image of JPL’s Technology Goals Get an Update
09.02.09

The JPL Strategic Technology Directions 2009 document identifies technology areas essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success and that should be developed with JPL leadership.

Image of Satellites and Submarines Give the Skinny on Sea Ice Thickness
09.01.09

A new study led by JPL scientist Ron Kwok combines recent NASA satellite data with submarine data to chronicle a nearly half- century history of Arctic ice thickness.

Image of To Serve and Detect
08.27.09

A JPL Robotics research task will allow unmanned vehicles to operate more safely around both military personnel and pedestrians in cluttered urban environments.

Image of From the Moon to Marine Measurements
08.27.09

JPL scientists have applied a gravity calculation method first used on Apollo moon missions to measure pressure at the ocean bottom, shedding new light on our ocean and climate.

Image of Avoiding lunar hazards
08.24.09

With a rocky surface, hills and craters covering the moon, astronauts approaching a landing will have to be particularly careful. Thanks to a technology developed by JPL, it should be easier for future explorers to achieve a safe touchdown.

Image of The Strategic University Research Partnerships (SURP) website has been relaunched
08.20.09

The SURP website has been updated and is now available.

Image of Braille Displays Get New Life With Artificial Muscles
08.17.09

Research with tiny artificial muscles may yield a full-page active Braille system that can refresh automatically and come to life right beneath your fingertips.

Image of NASA Goes Inside a Volcano, Monitors Activity
08.17.09

Scientists have placed high-tech "spiders" inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens, the site of the most active volcano in the United States.

Image of Lab's Constellation work key for human program
08.17.09

When Constellation first began in 2004, JPL was seen as a center whose focus was solely on robotic exploration. But now with 150 people engaged in exploration technology programs, JPL has shown it can contribute to human spaceflight as well.

Image of New Postdoc Website Launched
08.17.09

A new website for postdocs has been released with information and resources for applicants, advisors, and current postdocs at JPL.

Image of Triple Asteroid System Triples Observers' Interest
08.06.09

Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system.

Image of JPL Proposals Selected
08.03.09

JPL proposals to the 2009 NASA Innovation Fund have recently been funded.

Image of The All-Metal Patch Array
08.03.09

When Neil Chamberlain and his colleagues from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Spacecraft Antennas Group discovered a weakness in their antenna design, they not only fixed the problem – they invented a new type of antenna. And they did it in record time.

Image of Technology to Treat Blindness Earns Award
07.22.09

Wolfgang Fink and his associate at Caltech have devised and implemented a versatile image-processing software system called the Artificial Retinal Implant Vision Simulator.

Image of JPL, Caltech, City of Los Angeles to Team on Energy/Water Initiatives
07.20.09

Mayor Villaraigosa, JPL Director Charles Elachi and Los Angeles DWP General Manager David Nahai made the announcement today at a JPL ceremony to sign the memorandum of understanding.

Image of JPL Researcher to Receive Presidential Award
07.13.09

Josh Willis has been named a recipient of a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Image of New NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning
07.08.09

Arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record.

Image of More kudos for Phoenix
07.08.09

JPL's Mars Phoenix is the winner of two Rotary National Awards

Image of X Marks the Spot
07.06.09

A team of JPL engineers is developing a system that would allow precision landings on the surface of Mars and other planetary bodies.

Image of NASA Wraps Up Icelandic Part of Arctic Ice Radar Mission
06.29.09

NASA's new airborne radars have capped off their Arctic expedition by measuring Iceland's topography and studying the flow of its glaciers and ice streams.

Image of NASA, Japan Release Most Complete Topographic Map of Earth
06.29.09

NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Image of Quantum probe technique resonates with Caltech/JPL researchers
06.22.09

A team from Caltech and the JPL has successfully demonstrated a system that will serve as a test-bed for exploring quantum mechanics in new limits.

Image of Scientists Search for a Pulse in Skies Above Earthquake Country
06.18.09

A new NASA 3-D airborne radar, capable of seeing below the surface, will study earthquake faults in California.

Image of NASA Scientists Bring Light to Moon's Permanently Dark Craters
06.18.09

A new lunar topography map with the highest resolution of the moon's rugged south polar region provides new information on some of our natural satellite's darkest inhabitants - permanently shadowed craters.

Image of Lab Studies Ice From Frigid Worlds
06.16.09

The most exotic frozen cocktails on Earth won’t be found in a chic restaurant or trendy bar. Scientists are mixing up icy concoctions in a laboratory not much bigger than a janitor’s closet.

Image of Hunting for the Beginnings of Life
06.11.09

NPP Senior Fellow Michael Russell is featured in Nature.

Image of Research Studies Awarded
06.02.09

JPL researchers are selected as PI under NASA's Definition and Development Program.

Image of Big Things, Small Technologies
05.28.09

JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory harnesses powerful and continuously improving microfabrication tools developed by the semiconductor industry to develop critical technologies that are otherwise unavailable for space instruments and missions.

Image of Planet-Hunting Method Succeeds at Last
05.28.09

A long-proposed tool for hunting planets has netted its first catch - a Jupiter-like planet orbiting one of the smallest stars known.

Image of 'Untangling' Aerosols
05.20.09

JPL scientists are pursuing an elegant technique for a polarizing imager that could help reduce uncertainties about the role aerosols and clouds play in climate change.

Image of Taking Cues from Cubes
05.18.09

New cube-based simulations are helping to improve estimates of ocean circulation and climate.

Image of Move any mountain
05.12.09

Water is constantly being moved about our planet. The water, or hydrologic, cycle describes how water changes from liquid to solid to vapor and how it is stored in a variety of places.

Image of Storms On Demand
05.05.09

An online cornucopia of tropical storm data and analysis tools will make it easier for researchers to validate and improve hurricane forecast models.

Image of Science & Technology Showcased at Open House
05.04.09

The annual Open House this past weekend put many science results and technologies on display for the public.

Image of Top Five Breakthroughs From Hubble's Workhorse Camera
05.04.09

Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in this "deepest-ever" view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), made with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Image of NASA Selects JPL Experiment for European Mars Mission
05.04.09

An investigation selected by NASA will help researchers dissect the internal structure of Mars by analyzing variations in the planet's rotation.

Image of Arctic Trek to 'Break the Ice' on New NASA Airborne Radars
04.30.09

NASA will 'break the ice' on a pair of new airborne radars that can help monitor climate change when a team of scientists embarks this week on a two-month expedition to the vast, frigid terrain of Greenland and Iceland.

Image of Under their own AEGIS
12.14.09

A new flight software system will enable NASA’s Mars rovers to identify and image targets of interest that might otherwise be missed during long drives.

Image of Muirhead back as chief engineer
11.30.09

Brian Muirhead will return to JPL from his assignment as chief architect and program systems engineer for NASA’s Constellation Program and be reinstated as JPL’s chief engineer.

Image of New Report Provides Update on Recent Climate Changes
11.25.09

JPL researcher Eric Rignot contributed to "The Copenhagen Diagnosis," a new report that synthesizes pertinent climate research over the past four years.

Image of The Legacy of Galileo - 400th Anniversary Events
11.16.09

Two events, including an all-day symposium and a film shot on location at his house, will celebrate the anniversary of Galileo's discoveries through the use of the telescope.

Image of Watching Water Vapor with MOHAVE
11.11.09

Using lidar to obtain high-precision measurements of water vapor in the upper troposphere.

Image of Flying the Unfriendly Skies
10.29.09

Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers are developing a balloon system that could support a future NASA mission to roam the acidic atmosphere of Venus.

Image of 2009 JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Awards
10.27.09

Winners of the annual Postdoctoral Research Day gave lectures on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

Image of JPL Develops High-Speed Test to Improve Pathogen Decontamination
10.20.09

A chemist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has developed a technology intended to rapidly assess any presence of microbial life on spacecraft.

Image of Astronomers do it Again: Find Organic Molecules Around Gas Planet
10.20.09

Peering far beyond our solar system, NASA researchers have detected the basic chemistry for life in a second hot gas planet, advancing astronomers toward the goal of being able to characterize planets where life could exist.

Image of JPL's Dream Team
09.30.09

From instruments to spacecraft systems to entire mission architectures, Team X helps projects in the early planning phase to understand challenges and create roadmaps for turning ideas into reality.

Image of KISS Postdoc Announcement of Opportunity
09.29.09

W.M. Keck Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship information and deadlines

Image of Space drilling
09.21.09

A new book gives an overview of the complexities of drilling for samples in extreme environments on Earth and other planets.

Image of Electronic Nose to Return from Space Station
09.14.09

Sniffing out any potential contaminants on the International Space Station where it was stationed for the last six months, the JPL-built electronic nose, or ENose, is homeward bound.

Image of JPL’s Technology Goals Get an Update
09.02.09

The JPL Strategic Technology Directions 2009 document identifies technology areas essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success and that should be developed with JPL leadership.

Image of Satellites and Submarines Give the Skinny on Sea Ice Thickness
09.01.09

A new study led by JPL scientist Ron Kwok combines recent NASA satellite data with submarine data to chronicle a nearly half- century history of Arctic ice thickness.

Image of To Serve and Detect
08.27.09

A JPL Robotics research task will allow unmanned vehicles to operate more safely around both military personnel and pedestrians in cluttered urban environments.

Image of From the Moon to Marine Measurements
08.27.09

JPL scientists have applied a gravity calculation method first used on Apollo moon missions to measure pressure at the ocean bottom, shedding new light on our ocean and climate.

Image of Avoiding lunar hazards
08.24.09

With a rocky surface, hills and craters covering the moon, astronauts approaching a landing will have to be particularly careful. Thanks to a technology developed by JPL, it should be easier for future explorers to achieve a safe touchdown.

Image of The Strategic University Research Partnerships (SURP) website has been relaunched
08.20.09

The SURP website has been updated and is now available.

Image of Braille Displays Get New Life With Artificial Muscles
08.17.09

Research with tiny artificial muscles may yield a full-page active Braille system that can refresh automatically and come to life right beneath your fingertips.

Image of NASA Goes Inside a Volcano, Monitors Activity
08.17.09

Scientists have placed high-tech "spiders" inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens, the site of the most active volcano in the United States.

Image of Lab's Constellation work key for human program
08.17.09

When Constellation first began in 2004, JPL was seen as a center whose focus was solely on robotic exploration. But now with 150 people engaged in exploration technology programs, JPL has shown it can contribute to human spaceflight as well.

Image of New Postdoc Website Launched
08.17.09

A new website for postdocs has been released with information and resources for applicants, advisors, and current postdocs at JPL.

Image of Triple Asteroid System Triples Observers' Interest
08.06.09

Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system.

Image of JPL Proposals Selected
08.03.09

JPL proposals to the 2009 NASA Innovation Fund have recently been funded.

Image of The All-Metal Patch Array
08.03.09

When Neil Chamberlain and his colleagues from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Spacecraft Antennas Group discovered a weakness in their antenna design, they not only fixed the problem – they invented a new type of antenna. And they did it in record time.

Image of Technology to Treat Blindness Earns Award
07.22.09

Wolfgang Fink and his associate at Caltech have devised and implemented a versatile image-processing software system called the Artificial Retinal Implant Vision Simulator.

Image of JPL, Caltech, City of Los Angeles to Team on Energy/Water Initiatives
07.20.09

Mayor Villaraigosa, JPL Director Charles Elachi and Los Angeles DWP General Manager David Nahai made the announcement today at a JPL ceremony to sign the memorandum of understanding.

Image of JPL Researcher to Receive Presidential Award
07.13.09

Josh Willis has been named a recipient of a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Image of New NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning
07.08.09

Arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record.

Image of More kudos for Phoenix
07.08.09

JPL's Mars Phoenix is the winner of two Rotary National Awards

Image of X Marks the Spot
07.06.09

A team of JPL engineers is developing a system that would allow precision landings on the surface of Mars and other planetary bodies.

Image of NASA Wraps Up Icelandic Part of Arctic Ice Radar Mission
06.29.09

NASA's new airborne radars have capped off their Arctic expedition by measuring Iceland's topography and studying the flow of its glaciers and ice streams.

Image of NASA, Japan Release Most Complete Topographic Map of Earth
06.29.09

NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Image of Quantum probe technique resonates with Caltech/JPL researchers
06.22.09

A team from Caltech and the JPL has successfully demonstrated a system that will serve as a test-bed for exploring quantum mechanics in new limits.

Image of Scientists Search for a Pulse in Skies Above Earthquake Country
06.18.09

A new NASA 3-D airborne radar, capable of seeing below the surface, will study earthquake faults in California.

Image of NASA Scientists Bring Light to Moon's Permanently Dark Craters
06.18.09

A new lunar topography map with the highest resolution of the moon's rugged south polar region provides new information on some of our natural satellite's darkest inhabitants - permanently shadowed craters.

Image of Lab Studies Ice From Frigid Worlds
06.16.09

The most exotic frozen cocktails on Earth won’t be found in a chic restaurant or trendy bar. Scientists are mixing up icy concoctions in a laboratory not much bigger than a janitor’s closet.

Image of Hunting for the Beginnings of Life
06.11.09

NPP Senior Fellow Michael Russell is featured in Nature.

Image of Research Studies Awarded
06.02.09

JPL researchers are selected as PI under NASA's Definition and Development Program.

Image of Big Things, Small Technologies
05.28.09

JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory harnesses powerful and continuously improving microfabrication tools developed by the semiconductor industry to develop critical technologies that are otherwise unavailable for space instruments and missions.

Image of Planet-Hunting Method Succeeds at Last
05.28.09

A long-proposed tool for hunting planets has netted its first catch - a Jupiter-like planet orbiting one of the smallest stars known.

Image of 'Untangling' Aerosols
05.20.09

JPL scientists are pursuing an elegant technique for a polarizing imager that could help reduce uncertainties about the role aerosols and clouds play in climate change.

Image of Taking Cues from Cubes
05.18.09

New cube-based simulations are helping to improve estimates of ocean circulation and climate.

Image of Move any mountain
05.12.09

Water is constantly being moved about our planet. The water, or hydrologic, cycle describes how water changes from liquid to solid to vapor and how it is stored in a variety of places.

Image of Storms On Demand
05.05.09

An online cornucopia of tropical storm data and analysis tools will make it easier for researchers to validate and improve hurricane forecast models.

Image of Science & Technology Showcased at Open House
05.04.09

The annual Open House this past weekend put many science results and technologies on display for the public.

Image of Top Five Breakthroughs From Hubble's Workhorse Camera
05.04.09

Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in this "deepest-ever" view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), made with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Image of NASA Selects JPL Experiment for European Mars Mission
05.04.09

An investigation selected by NASA will help researchers dissect the internal structure of Mars by analyzing variations in the planet's rotation.

Image of Arctic Trek to 'Break the Ice' on New NASA Airborne Radars
04.30.09

NASA will 'break the ice' on a pair of new airborne radars that can help monitor climate change when a team of scientists embarks this week on a two-month expedition to the vast, frigid terrain of Greenland and Iceland.