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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 30, 2010
Hikers in the upper Arroyo Seco may have felt like they stumbled onto the set of a science-fiction movie this week when they crossed paths with ATHLETE, a new robotic-vehicle designed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for use in space exploration. > > > Click here to see video. The ATHLETE — short for All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer — is a joint project between NASA's JPL, Stanford University and the Boeing Company, and could one day be used to transport cargo on the surface of Mars or the moon.
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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.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 16, 2006
JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium. "What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation. The foundation did not choose one particular mission but decided to honor JPL for all of their missions this year.
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By Charly Shelton | September 27, 2007
The 50 Years in Space celebration and conference was kicked off Sept. 20 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The 50th anniversary in space technically takes place Oct. 1, 2008; there will be NASA celebrations beginning on Oct. 1 of this year and continuing to Oct. 1 of next year. On hand to participate in revisiting the past and looking toward the future last week were several Jet Propulsion Laboratory representatives and former astronauts. Ed Stone, JPL Director Emeritus, was on hand.
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 8, 2007
NASA announced last week that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will be the lead agency for specific robotic surface mobility efforts related to upcoming lunar exploration. The announcement prompts the beginning of new exploration to Earth’s moon that once again merges science fiction with science reality. Stories that have humans living on a base camp lunar surface are now in the not-so-distant future. NASA’s Constellation Program will have astronauts — along with robotic help — build a lunar outpost where they can conduct long-term exploration of the moon.
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April 1, 2004
It is a fascinating experience to run for Congress. I thank the hundreds of campaign donors and volunteers. Although I have seen to it that every donor and volunteer received a signed letter of thanks, I thought that I would extend a public thank you as well. I would also like to thank the thousands of voters who cast their votes for me. It is a most humbling experience. I will continue to speak on the issues throughout the district. As many of you know, the 26th Congressional is a rather large and diverse area.
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March 18, 2004
Dr. William Hayward Pickering, a central figure in the U.S. space race and former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1954 to 1976, has died. Pickering - known affectionately as "Mr. JPL" and an original "Rocket Man," and one of few public figures to appear twice on the cover of Time magazine - passed away Monday of pneumonia at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. He was 93. "Dr. Pickering was one of the titans of our nation's space program," said Dr. Charles Elachi, the current director of JPL. "It was his leadership that took America into space and opened up the moon and planets to the world."
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 27, 2007
The NextFest festival, sponsored by Wired magazine, is a celebration of what?s coming next in areas including space exploration, entertainment, environment and transportation. As visitors entered the exhibition earlier this month they were greeted with the soothing musical sound of a harp. At closer look found that, although the sound was familiar, the sight was much different. Two pipes, one at the top of the structure the other at the bottom, have red laser lights embedded into them.
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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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September 18, 2013
A longtime official at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will retire at the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday. Gen. Eugene Tattini has served as deputy director of JPL for the past 12 years. He will leave the lab on Sept. 20. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James will take over the position on Sept. 23. “We owe our gratitude to General Tattini for his dedication and contributions during the past 12 years, which were filled with numerous successful spacecraft launches and milestones, including the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity,” JPL Director Charles Elachi said in a statement.
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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 Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | 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.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 30, 2010
Hikers in the upper Arroyo Seco may have felt like they stumbled onto the set of a science-fiction movie this week when they crossed paths with ATHLETE, a new robotic-vehicle designed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for use in space exploration. > > > Click here to see video. The ATHLETE — short for All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer — is a joint project between NASA's JPL, Stanford University and the Boeing Company, and could one day be used to transport cargo on the surface of Mars or the moon.
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By Sara Cardine | February 18, 2010
On any given night, youths at the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania can look up in the sky and see the moon and stars, but that’s as close as most will ever come to understanding the universe and its scientific wonders. Many of them have never been to school, let alone sat for a lesson on the planets or seen evidence of space exploration. So when Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer from JPL, visited the orphanage in January, he took the universe to them. Younse set off Dec. 30 on a three-week African excursion, which included a climb to the frigid peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a four-day safari in the Serengeti and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar.
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April 30, 2009
Blaine Baggett, executive manager of the Office of Communication and Education for JPL, will present the annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards on Monday evening, May 11, in JPL?s von Karman Auditorium. All residents are invited to this annual event sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council. Baggett will also speak about ?Engaging the Public in Space Exploration.? NASA, JPL, and their space and Earth exploration programs are funded primarily by federal taxes, and the public is entitled to share in their science results.
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March 27, 2008
Caltech Associates new member dinner Margaret Mead once said, ?Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.? This is a quote that President Jean-Lou Chameau uses to describe the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Associates. At a dinner recognizing and welcoming the new members of the Associates, a support group for Caltech, 126 guests enjoyed a reception hosted by the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union in the Athenaeum?
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 8, 2007
NASA announced last week that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will be the lead agency for specific robotic surface mobility efforts related to upcoming lunar exploration. The announcement prompts the beginning of new exploration to Earth’s moon that once again merges science fiction with science reality. Stories that have humans living on a base camp lunar surface are now in the not-so-distant future. NASA’s Constellation Program will have astronauts — along with robotic help — build a lunar outpost where they can conduct long-term exploration of the moon.
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 2, 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.
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