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By Jane Napier Neely | December 4, 2008
The season is upon us! Just the day after Thanksgiving I was seeing cars cruising by with Christmas trees tied on the top. A pretty special early present was given to all of us that began on Thanksgiving eve and continued through last Monday. This present was in the form of a spectacular celestial event when Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon cozied up to each other — well, at least it appeared that way. The moon is the brightest, closest and smallest of the three and is 252,000 miles away.
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June 22, 2006
The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has appointed Dr. Daniel J. McCleese as the laboratory's chief scientist. JPL's chief scientist is responsible for the scientific leadership and research at the laboratory and serves as the focal point for interactions with universities and the external research community. The chief scientist also serves on JPL's Executive Council. "Dan brings extensive experience in the strategic planning of NASA robotic missions, line and program management, as well as considerable experience in the development and execution of scientific instruments," said Dr. Charles Elachi, JPL director.
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May 17, 2007
This weekend the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada will open its campus to the public for its annual Open House. This year's theme is "Journey to the Planets and Beyond." Each year JPL invites the public to learn about space and Earth science exploration. Visitors will see unique 3-D images from space including stereoscopic vies of the sun and movies of JPL missions. In addition to learning what JPL engineers and scientists have been doing this year, there will be information on upcoming missions.
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By Mary O’Keefe | February 19, 2009
La Cañada resident and Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Moustafa Chahine was recently elected to one to the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers and scientists as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. ?It was a surprise,? Chahine said on being told of the honor. Chahine is the senior research scientist at JPL, he moved with his wife Marina to La Cañada in 1960 and raised his two sons: Tony, an eye doctor and Steve, a writer. Marina Chahine is a longtime teacher at La Cañada High School who is presently teaching advanced placement history courses.
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By Susan James | February 22, 2007
In 1968 when he played King Henry II in 'Lion in Winter',audiences and critics alike seemed to see in the crumbling façade of the once glorious face of Peter O'Toole the glowing embers of an actor's twilight years. Only 36 at the time, O'Toole's off-screen life of wine, women and pub-driven pugilism had carved his features into the care-worn maturity suited to an aging English monarch dealing with death, dynasty and the machinations of a clever wife. Now nearly 40 years on from that cleverly crafted screen performance, O'Toole has proven what few in the '60s could have guessed, at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, he's still got game.
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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 Chris Sutton | March 5, 2004
Palm Crest Elementary School's cafeteria was transformed into a hands-on science exhibit Thursday as 60 science projects were on display for the science fair. It was a full house, as 200 parents and children attended the fair, which was the culmination of the school's science exploration week. The science projects included the science of volcanos, a Venus Fly Trap plant, how fossils are formed, what makes temperatures rise and fall, hypothesis, rockets, how eye glasses help people, the principles of magnetism, among others.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 7, 2010
Lew Allen, a physicist and four-star Air Force general who served as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1982 to 1990, died Monday in Potomac Falls, Va. He was 84. Colleagues described Allen as a “giant” in the space program, adding that he was widely respected for his technical and strategic judgment. “He was both intellectually and personally just a gem,” said current JPL director Charles Elachi. “It is a great loss.” Born in 1925 in Miami, Allen attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and went on to an exceptional career in military aviation and science.
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June 8, 2007
Audience members know that The Pasadena POPS Concerts at lush Descanso Gardens are heavenly, but the opening concerts of the 2007 season will be especially celestial. Inspired by the moon, composers of all generations have written nocturnal masterpieces. During the 2007 season premiere, Fly Me To The Moon, on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, music director Rachael Worby and guest artists, vocalist Valarie Pettiford and pianist Sarkis Baltaian, will light up the night sky with spectacular selections.
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By Jane Napier Neely | December 4, 2008
The season is upon us! Just the day after Thanksgiving I was seeing cars cruising by with Christmas trees tied on the top. A pretty special early present was given to all of us that began on Thanksgiving eve and continued through last Monday. This present was in the form of a spectacular celestial event when Venus, Jupiter and a crescent moon cozied up to each other — well, at least it appeared that way. The moon is the brightest, closest and smallest of the three and is 252,000 miles away.
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