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Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

Habitability, Taphonomy, and Curiosity’s Hunt for Organic Carbon

By John Grotzinger This blog entry from John Grotzinger, the project scientist for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, was originally prepared for use by the Planetary Society and explains the importance of some of the rover’s findings. This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager [...]

Slice of History: Spin Test

Slice of History: Spin Test

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/. Spin Test — Photograph number 355-1272B In August 1964, this test fixture was used by the Spacecraft Design Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, [...]

NASA’s Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card

NASA’s Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in [...]

Inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference

When Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on Earth, struck the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013, it tore a wide swath of destruction across large parts of the island nation. Image Credit: ASI/NASA/JPL-Caltech Over on My Big Fat Planet, Carmen Boening, a scientist in the Climate Physics Group at NASA’s Jet [...]

Slice of History: Ranger Impact Limiter

Slice of History: Ranger Impact Limiter

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/. Ranger Impact Limiter — Photograph number 292-41A This photo was taken in November 1960 to show the lightweight balsa wood impact limiter that was to be [...]

For Dawn, a Time to Thrust and and a Time to Coast

For Dawn, a Time to Thrust and and a Time to Coast

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. In this graphic of Dawn’s interplanetary trajectory, the thin solid lines represent the orbits of Earth, Mars, Vesta and Ceres. After leaving Vesta, Dawn’s [...]

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Celebrates Six Years in Space

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Celebrates Six Years in Space

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft between the giant asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech – See more at: http://blogs.jpl.nasa.gov/category/columns/dawn-journal/#sthash.kRxiDi66.dpuf [...]

Slice of History: Mariner 4 Television Experiment Team

Slice of History: Mariner 4 Television Experiment Team

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/. Mariner 4 Television Experiment Team — Photograph number P-5005B Because the data return rate from Mariner 4 was very low, the Mariner 4 Television Experiment Team [...]

Mariner 4 Taught Us to See

Mariner 4 Taught Us to See

Mission team members for NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft, incredibly anxious to see the first up-close photograph of Mars, devised a way to see the image before it made its way to Earth by color-coding binary code on strips of ticker tape. The resulting collage became known as “the first image of Mars.” Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech [...]

Slice of History: Hadamard Matrix

Slice of History: Hadamard Matrix

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/. Hadamard Matrix — Photograph Number 331-3717Ac In 1961, mathematicians from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech worked together to construct a Hadamard Matrix containing 92 rows [...]

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