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NASA technology looks inside Japan's nuclear reactor

April 29, 2011 10:14 am | News | Comments

Design techniques honed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for Mars rovers were used to create the rover currently examining the inside of Japan's nuclear reactors, in areas not yet deemed safe for human crews.

Japan quake may have shortened Earth days

March 16, 2011 6:46 am | News | Comments

The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don't worry—you won't notice the difference.

Analytical tool makes search for Martian life easier

February 9, 2011 3:23 am | News | Comments

Finding life on Mars could get easier with a creative adaption to a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover.


Curiosity spins its wheels

July 15, 2010 6:54 am | by JPLnews | Videos | Comments

Engineers just installed six new wheels on the Curiosity rover, and rotated all six wheels at once on July 9, 2010. This milestone marked the first in a series of "tune ups" to get the rover ready for a drive in the clean room where it is being assembled at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Curiosity is the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is expected to launch in late 2011, and touch down wheels-first in summer 2012.

A well-oiled machine

May 18, 2010 9:16 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

Visit one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations (no, not Disney) and it’s a little hard to believe there’s a countdown unrelated to a rocket launch. Nearly everything at Kennedy Space Center is designed to show visitors that not only does NASA has a rich history of space exploration, it’s still going strong as the world’s premiere launch facility.

Calling all aerospace contractors, your funding is ready

February 2, 2010 7:02 am | Blogs | Comments

Monday was probably a bittersweet day for NASA. Told that it would no longer be following President Bush’s lunar comeback effort or even launching its own astronauts into space, the agency must now look to contractors for their escape velocity needs.

Taking space science to the streets

December 18, 2009 7:34 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

So here’s the challenge, design a glove that will resist the cold and vacuum of space and the ever-present threat of micrometeoroid penetration yet remain pliable and flexible enough to allow an astronaut to perform a dextrous task. The glove must be complete, including the outer thermal layer and inner pressure-retaining layer.

A Galaxy of Spinoffs

September 29, 2009 9:32 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Through partnerships and spinoffs, NASA engineers advances in medicine, safety, and deep space observation.

System has no strings attached

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Award Winners

The Explorer is a long-range-tetherless, self-powered robotic system for the live, visual inspection of natural gas and other pipelines. The system was created by researchers at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Polytechnic Univ. (Brooklyn, N.Y.); NYSEARCH/Northeast Gas Association (New York, N.Y.); Strategic Center for Natural Gas and Oil, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy (Morgantown, W.V.); Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, Calif.); and ULC Robotics Inc. (Deer Park, N.Y.).

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