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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.
April 17, 2013
A laptop belonging to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge was allegedly stolen from a contract employee last summer, but the agency didn't realize it was missing until an inventory was conducted in January, officials said. JPL hired La Crescenta resident Jeffrey Mart in 1997 to complete contract work and he was given an Apple MacBook Pro laptop to monitor space flight operations from home, according to a report provided by the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
By Tiffany Kelly, | April 4, 2013
Thirty-two students in aerospace, engineering and science programs in 11 different countries descended on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week as part of a Caltech competition to design a mission to one of Mars' two moons, Phobos or Deimos. "Watching the enthusiasm there was just really impressive," said Jason Rabinovitch, a Caltech graduate student who co-organized the program with fellow graduate student Nick Parziale. Parziale added that students, who visited JPL for a tour, had to be dragged away from each station during the tour.
March 27, 2013
Over the next 18 months, the environment of the Arroyo Seco will be enhanced with the removal of the parking lot just to the east of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Construction of a parking structure on JPL property will enable removal of the existing 1100-space lot, returning a significant areaback to the natural state of the Arroyo watershed.   In order to construct the new parking structure, it is necessary to temporarily close a hiking trail on JPL property that runs along the lab's eastern fence line.  We appreciate that the trail closure will be an inconvenience to those of our neighbors who use it, and we look forward to reopening the segment on JPL property as soon as possible when construction is completed.  In the long run, removal of JPL's east parking lot will benefit everyone who enjoys the Arroyo's outdoor setting.  Anyone in the community who has questions about the project is invited to contact KimLievense, Manager of JPL's Public Services Office, at (818)
March 20, 2013
On the morning of Wednesday, March 13, signs were placed on the trail that skirts the east fence of JPL (west of the stream), announcing a temporary closure while a new parking structure is built. The signs indicate that the closure will extend through the summer of 2014 and advises trail users to use “other existing trails” to avoid the construction site. In the 20 years I've used this trail for hiking and biking, JPL has done far more to undermine the trail (literally, by its unchecked storm runoff)
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.
January 17, 2013
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday confirmed an earlier ruling that found Jet Propulsion Laboratory administrators did not discriminate against a longtime staffer when they laid him off in 2011. David Coppedge - a former lead systems administrator on the Cassini Mission to Saturn who worked at JPL for 15 years - filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the agency claiming he was demoted, and then eventually fired, because of his Christian beliefs and in retaliation for discussing the theory of intelligent design at the NASA facility in La Cañada Flintridge.
By Valley Sun Staff | December 27, 2012
“We're safe on Mars.” La Cañada Flintridge's connection to the heavens made for a sensational story in 2012, as Jet Propulsion Laboratory safely landed the NASA rover Curiosity on the Red Planet. JPL engineer Al Chen made the announcement to hollers and high-fives at JPL's Mission Control Center at 10:32 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. The landing featured new technology including a parachute to slow the rover from 13,000 mph and a “sky crane” suspended in the Martian air to ease the impact of the craft's touchdown in the Gale Crater.
October 12, 2012
Justice delayed is justice denied, goes the old saying, and a rover could just about reach from the United States to Mars in the time a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has been mulling the evidence in the case of a JPL worker who accused the La Cañada Flintridge lab of religious intolerance. On the surface, the case is fascinating: Is a leading U.S. institution of astronomy and space exploration a hostile environment for those who entertain the idea that a divine force created the universe?
By Daniel Siegal and Bill Kisliuk | September 22, 2012
Friday marked the end of an era at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, as dozens of scientists, engineers and others gathered to catch one last glimpse of the Endeavour, the shuttle that carried many of their experiments and projects into space. More than 100 JPL employees and a handful of guests congregated in the sun-soaked parking lot on the research facility's Cardiac Hill, lining the edge of the lot with camping chairs and improvised shade providers. Hundreds of people lined Oak Grove Drive just outside the campus to watch Endeavour - and NASA's shuttle program - head for a final landing.
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