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 Shuttle flight delivers JPL air-quality monitoring instrument to space station
04.05.10

Thanks to the delivery of a new instrument developed by JPL and successfully launched Monday, April 5, astronauts aboard the International Space Station may soon be breathing a bit easier.

Image of NASA Demonstrates Novel Ocean-Powered Underwater Vehicle
04.05.10

NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy.

Image of NASA Study Finds Atlantic 'Conveyor Belt' Not Slowing
03.29.10

New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, part of the global ocean conveyor belt that helps regulate climate around the North Atlantic, show no significant slowing over the past 15 years.

Image of JPL Postdoctoral Programs Facebook page launched
03.25.10

You can now follow announcements and updates from JPL's Postdoctoral Programs on Facebook

Image of NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older
03.24.10

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now in its seventh year on Mars, has a new capability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations of rocks that it spots on arrival at a new location.

Image of Solar System
03.17.10

The Spitzer Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the 2010 Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Image of Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's storm
03.17.10

Scientists get first look at weather inside the solar system's biggest storm.

Image of Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days
03.02.10

The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.

Image of Astronomers honored for Hubble paper, images
03.01.10

JPL researchers John Krist and Karl Stapelfeldt are part of a team that has won a major award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Image of NASA Announces 2010 Carl Sagan Fellows
03.01.10

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in exoplanet exploration for 2010.

Image of NASA Breaks Ground on New Deep Space Network Antennas
02.25.10

NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications.

Image of Missing 'Ice Arches' Contributed to 2007 Arctic Ice Loss
02.19.10

In 2007, the Arctic lost a massive amount of thick, multiyear sea ice, contributing to that year's record-low extent of Arctic sea ice.

Image of NASA Finds Warmer Ocean Speeding Greenland Glacier Melt
02.17.10

A new NASA study finds undersea melting of glaciers in west Greenland due to ocean warming is playing a major, previously overlooked, role in their evolution.

Image of New MDL website now available
02.11.10

A new website from JPL's Microdevices Laboratory has recently been launched.

Image of A Better Look at Icy Surfaces
02.10.10

New lab studies are increasing our understanding of how well current models can detect organics on icy bodies.

Image of Academy honors retired researcher Neugebauer
02.08.10

Retired JPL researcher Marcia Neugebauer has been named a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences’ Arctowski Medal for her work that definitively established the existence of the solar wind.

Image of A Little Telescope Goes a Long Way
02.03.10

NASA astronomers have successfully demonstrated that a David of a telescope can tackle Goliath-size questions in the quest to study Earth-like planets around other stars.

Image of Audit shows safety a high priority in Microdevices Lab
01.26.10

JPL's MDL lab gets praise from safety review panel

Image of JPL Scientist Receives American Meteorological Society Honor
01.20.10

JPL research scientist Tim Liu has been honored by the American Meteorological Society for his space-based research on Earth's climate.

Image of JPL Scientist Honored by President Obama With Early Career Award
01.19.10

JPL Oceanographer Josh Willis was among 100 outstanding early career scientists honored by President Obama Jan. 13 at the White House.

Image of NASA Outlines Recent Breakthroughs in Greenhouse Gas Research
12.16.09

Researchers studying carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas and a key driver of global climate change, now have a new tool at their disposal.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Shuttle flight delivers JPL air-quality monitoring instrument to space station
04.05.10

Thanks to the delivery of a new instrument developed by JPL and successfully launched Monday, April 5, astronauts aboard the International Space Station may soon be breathing a bit easier.

Image of NASA Demonstrates Novel Ocean-Powered Underwater Vehicle
04.05.10

NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy.

Image of NASA Study Finds Atlantic 'Conveyor Belt' Not Slowing
03.29.10

New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, part of the global ocean conveyor belt that helps regulate climate around the North Atlantic, show no significant slowing over the past 15 years.

Image of JPL Postdoctoral Programs Facebook page launched
03.25.10

You can now follow announcements and updates from JPL's Postdoctoral Programs on Facebook

Image of NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older
03.24.10

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now in its seventh year on Mars, has a new capability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations of rocks that it spots on arrival at a new location.

Image of Solar System
03.17.10

The Spitzer Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the 2010 Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Image of Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's storm
03.17.10

Scientists get first look at weather inside the solar system's biggest storm.

Image of Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days
03.02.10

The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.

Image of Astronomers honored for Hubble paper, images
03.01.10

JPL researchers John Krist and Karl Stapelfeldt are part of a team that has won a major award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Image of NASA Announces 2010 Carl Sagan Fellows
03.01.10

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in exoplanet exploration for 2010.

Image of NASA Breaks Ground on New Deep Space Network Antennas
02.25.10

NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications.

Image of Missing 'Ice Arches' Contributed to 2007 Arctic Ice Loss
02.19.10

In 2007, the Arctic lost a massive amount of thick, multiyear sea ice, contributing to that year's record-low extent of Arctic sea ice.

Image of NASA Finds Warmer Ocean Speeding Greenland Glacier Melt
02.17.10

A new NASA study finds undersea melting of glaciers in west Greenland due to ocean warming is playing a major, previously overlooked, role in their evolution.

Image of New MDL website now available
02.11.10

A new website from JPL's Microdevices Laboratory has recently been launched.

Image of A Better Look at Icy Surfaces
02.10.10

New lab studies are increasing our understanding of how well current models can detect organics on icy bodies.

Image of Academy honors retired researcher Neugebauer
02.08.10

Retired JPL researcher Marcia Neugebauer has been named a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences’ Arctowski Medal for her work that definitively established the existence of the solar wind.

Image of A Little Telescope Goes a Long Way
02.03.10

NASA astronomers have successfully demonstrated that a David of a telescope can tackle Goliath-size questions in the quest to study Earth-like planets around other stars.

Image of Audit shows safety a high priority in Microdevices Lab
01.26.10

JPL's MDL lab gets praise from safety review panel

Image of JPL Scientist Receives American Meteorological Society Honor
01.20.10

JPL research scientist Tim Liu has been honored by the American Meteorological Society for his space-based research on Earth's climate.

Image of JPL Scientist Honored by President Obama With Early Career Award
01.19.10

JPL Oceanographer Josh Willis was among 100 outstanding early career scientists honored by President Obama Jan. 13 at the White House.

Image of NASA Outlines Recent Breakthroughs in Greenhouse Gas Research
12.16.09

Researchers studying carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas and a key driver of global climate change, now have a new tool at their disposal.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.