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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 4, 2013
Flags at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge were lowered to half staff last week as the NASA center honored former JPL director Bruce C. Murray, who passed away at 81. Murray died on Thursday, Aug. 29 at his home in Oceanside after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was director of the lab from 1976 to 1982. During his watch, he saw Voyager 1 and 2 launch to explore Jupiter and Saturn, and Viking land on Mars. He was also a scientist on the first Mars missions - Mariner 3 and 4. After he left JPL, Murray became a professor of planetary science and geology at Caltech in Pasadena.
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By Seth Amitin | July 24, 2008
It?s been a crazy summer for sports in La Cañada, with the California Amateur Golf Championship at Oakmont early and the 2008 National Diving Championships going on now. The Summer Olympics are starting in a few weeks and everyone should be excited about that. I got a chance to stand on the 10-meter platform at Rose Bowl Aquatics and frankly, it was frightening. I?m 6?2, so maybe it was the extra two meters of looking down, but jeez. I?m not even afraid of heights, but I found myself clutching to the metal railing like an old man with vertigo.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | February 15, 2012
Proposed cuts to next year's NASA budget would drastically scale back the agency's efforts to explore Mars, likely costing hundreds of Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers their jobs. In the scope of a more than $17.7-billion proposed 2013 budget for the agency, the call for a $300-million reduction in planetary science funding appears relatively modest on paper but would hit JPL particularly hard. The cuts eliminate two future joint U.S.-European Mars missions that would have been managed by JPL, eliminating positions for many of the scientists and engineers who built and launched NASA's celebrated Mars rovers.
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By Sara Cardine | January 15, 2014
In January 2004, two exploration vehicles touched down on Mars, beginning a 90-day mission in search of potential sources of water, a precursor for life, on a seemingly dead planet. Armed with geological instruments, cameras and the technology required to beam down information to scientists at La Cañada's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spirit and Opportunity were expected to traverse separate courses of about two-thirds of one mile during their three-month journeys. Now, 10 years later, scientists are still sifting through mountains of data and images collected by Spirit, which traveled 4.8 miles during its six years of mobile operation, and Opportunity, which has logged an amazing 23.6 miles and continues today.
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By Cary Ordway | April 6, 2006
While San Francisco sometimes likes to tweak the more conservative parts of the country with local politicians, unusual views on the military and the city's edgy reputation on social issues, this venerable and beautiful city has a surprising package to offer vacationing families. It's not exactly Leave it to Beaver-land, but the fact is San Francisco is chock-full of sights and activities that will keep families fully engaged during their stay and completely satisfied that this destination was a good choice for people with kids.
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