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As the Asteroid Turns …

As the Asteroid Turns …
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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. […]

Taken In by the Giant Asteroid Vesta

Taken In by the Giant Asteroid Vesta

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. This is the first image obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft after successfully entering orbit around Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA › See more images Dear […]

Slice of History: Low Speed Wind Tunnel

Slice of History: Low Speed Wind Tunnel

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/. Low Speed Wind Tunnel — Photograph Number 383-6109Bc In December 1974, this photo was taken of the Low Speed Wind Tunnel. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had […]

Out of This World (Literally): Week One

Out of This World (Literally): Week One

By Andrew Crawford He’s already been a classical violinist and a professional snowboarder. Now mechanical/aerospace engineering student and Montana-native Andrew Crawford is learning what it’s like to be an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This summer, he’ll share his experiences working in the Deep Space Network’s Antenna Mechanical group. Read his full blog on […]

Slice of History: Anechoic Chamber

Slice of History: Anechoic Chamber

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we’ll be featuring a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Anechoic Chamber — Photograph Number 383-5765Ac This aerodynamic noise facility, also called an anechoic chamber, was used to study the noise generating mechanisms in supersonic […]

Dawn Longs for Vesta’s Gravitational Pull

Dawn Longs for Vesta’s Gravitational Pull

By Marc Rayman NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is less than two months away from getting into orbit around its first target, the giant asteroid Vesta. Each month, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares an update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of the Dawn spacecraft using its ion propulsion system during the approach to Vesta. Image […]

A Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover

A Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover

By John Callas Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas sent this letter to his team shortly after the final command was sent to the Mars rover Sprit, which operated on the surface of Mars for more than six years and made numerous scientific discoveries. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech […]

Slice of History: Low Temperature Propellant Tests

Slice of History: Low Temperature Propellant Tests

By Julie Cooper Each month in “Slice of History” we’ll be featuring a historical photo from the JPL Archives. See more historical photos and explore the JPL Archives at https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/. Low Temperature Propellant Tests — Photograph Number 6-8 It was 1943 and JPL was at the beginning stages of rocket motor research and development.  Over […]