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By Tiffany Kelly, and By Tiffany Kelly, | May 13, 2013
Scientists and engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were unfairly disciplined for sending emails about a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving background checks at the agency, a judge has ruled. The ruling comes after the JPL employees challenged being disciplined for using their work email accounts to disseminate information to colleagues about the 2007 Supreme Court decision upholding federal background checks for scientists. JPL administrators said using work email accounts for such purposes violated employee policy.
By Nicholas Louie | June 26, 2008
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory presented designs for a new permanent checkpoint canopy and guard center June 18 to the Public Works and Traffic Commission. The presentation was merely an informational update and no decisions were actually made. In response to the increased terrorist threat after the September 11 events, JPL erected a temporary security checkpoint on Oak Grove Drive in 2002 consisting of a canopy and portable guard tower. JPL now proposes a permanent design to replace the current temporary arrangement.
By Carol Cormaci, | February 13, 2013
Robert Haw, a JPL systems engineer who has worked on exploration missions spanning the solar system from Mercury to Pluto, was the featured speaker at the Feb. 6 meeting of Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. Using slides to illustrate his talk, Haw, the founder of the Climate Change Symposium at JPL, gave an overview of environmental changes over the past century and the role that man's use of coal has played in those changes. In other news, members of the club and the Key Club it sponsors at La Cañada High gathered Sunday in front of Ralphs market to sell peanuts in support of the Eliminate Project, a Kiwanis International program run in collaboration with UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
By Mary O’Keefe | July 23, 2009
Forty years ago this past Monday, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took that unforgettable step onto the moon as the world watched. While Armstrong?s boot may have been the first to land on the lunar surface, to get to that point, it took hundreds of dedicated scientists and engineers who received only a collective share of the spotlight. Some of those technocrats were at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, which had sent robotic explorers long before Armstrong, Edwin ?
April 18, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Thursday expressed just as much disappointment regarding the suspension of the annual open house at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as just about everyone else in the science community. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that JPL is suspending the open house in La Cañada Flintridge that had been scheduled for June 8 and 9, making the popular yearly gathering the latest casualty of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
By Mary O'Keefe | September 8, 2005
Far above Louisiana and Mississippi the satellite Terra searches the damage Katrina left in its wake. Using a camera system called ASTER (Advanced Space-born Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer), Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists organize images and data that help characterize the extent of flooding including damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure and assess potential hazards caused by the storm. "Terra has five instruments, ASTRA provides high space resolution images," said Michael Abrams, United States ASTER science team leader at JPL. "We can see damage patterns."
By Mary O'Keefe | November 2, 2006
Seventy years ago this Halloween a few students from California Institute of Technology and a couple of friends found an out-of-the-way area in the Arroyo Seco to test their experimental motor. It was in fact the world's first liquid-fueled rocket motors and it was the beginning of JPL. "One member of the [Caltech] faculty , Theodore von Karman, was with them," said Erik Conway, JPL historian. In 1936 the area now occupied by JPL was isolated about three miles north of the Rose Bowl.
By Mary O’Keefe | November 1, 2007
For 50 years, Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been known for exploring new worlds; reaching to the stars and bringing back information that give us clues into the origin of the universe itself. And on Jan. 1 that spirit of exploration will roll down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena covered in colorful seeds and flowers. JPL representatives and float designer Michelle Lofthouse from the Phoenix Decorating Company in Pasadena met months ago and came up with a design that would carry the theme of 50 Years of Space Exploration.
By Leticia Cheng | December 9, 2004
Despite its small size, the city of La Cañada Flintridge has plenty of local pride. After many years of being "robbed" by neighboring city Pasadena of the honor of being called the home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the city recently sought to correct that error by placing a sign outside of Hahamongna Water-shed Park near the entrance of JPL that states, "Welcome to the City of La Cañada Flintridge: Home of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory."...
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