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Mission Control to Mars: Launching the Next Mars Rover

Mission Control to Mars: Launching the Next Mars Rover

By Rob Manning In the wee morning hours of Nov. 26, 2011, scientists and engineers gathered in the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to help launch the next Mars rover, Curiosity. The mission’s chief engineer, Rob Manning, shares the developing story from the control room as tensions and excitement for a mission [...]

Slice of History: Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform

Slice of History: Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform — Photograph Number P-23298B The Advanced Ocean Technology Development Platform (AOTDP) was developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late [...]

Asteroid Vesta, All in the Details

Asteroid Vesta, All in the Details

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on September 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera’s clear filter. The distance to the [...]

Slice of History: Freeway Tunnel Simulator

Slice of History: Freeway Tunnel Simulator

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Freeway Tunnel Simulator — Photograph Number P-20673A In October 1978, this photo was taken of a freeway tunnel simulator, which was used to study the air [...]

The Giant Asteroid, Up Close and Personal

The Giant Asteroid, Up Close and Personal

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft investigates its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA › Full image and [...]

Slice of History: Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant

Slice of History: Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Cookie Cutter Missile Propellant — Photograph Number 381-490 The ORDCIT Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was a research and development program about long-range jet propelled [...]

In a State of Flux

In a State of Flux

By Amber Jenkins This post was written for My Big Fat Planet, a blog hosted by Amber Jenkins on NASA’s Global Climate Change site. COLD SNAP: Petermann Glacier, Greenland. Left: June 26, 2010. Right: August 13, 2010. An iceberg more than four times the size of Manhattan broke off the Petermann Glacier (the curved, nearly [...]

As the Asteroid Turns …

As the Asteroid Turns …

By Marc Rayman NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has just arrived at its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta. Each month, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares an update on the mission’s progress. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA › See [...]

Slice of History: IBM 360 Computer System

Slice of History: IBM 360 Computer System

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we feature a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. IBM 360 Computer System — Photograph Number P-24197A The IBM 360 Model 75 computer system was used for more than 10 years in the Space Flight [...]

Comments on The Remarkable Spirit Rover

Comments on The Remarkable Spirit Rover

By John Callas Below are remarks made by Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Spirit Celebration on July 19, 2011. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech “We are here today to celebrate this great triumph of exploration, the incredible mission of this Mars rover. [...]

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