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Briefing on the Pheonix lander
The Media Relations Office at JPL is responsible for issuing press releases and hosting media events. As an institution, discussing new discoveries with the public is key to JPL's success as an institution. Below are selected press releases from JPL about new advances in many research fields.
University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL
University High School of Irvine, Calif., beat out 23 other local high schools in an all-day, 'buzzer-beater'-style Science Bowl held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Read the news release 'University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL'

NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals
NASA will fund seven proposals, including one from JPL, to conduct physics research on the agency's new microgravity laboratory, launching to the International Space Station. Read the news release 'NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals'

JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software (UPDATED)
With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. Read the news release 'JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software (UPDATED)'

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!
RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year. Read the news release 'Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!'

Magnetic Shielding Extends Thruster Life
JPL researchers have shown how a new technology called magnetic shielding significantly increases the life of Hall thrusters while enabling operating voltages 100 percent higher than previously demonstrated. Read the news release 'Magnetic Shielding Extends Thruster Life'

NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50
NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation. Read the news release 'NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50'

JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology
A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. Read the news release 'JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology'

NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems
Scientists have enhanced existing GPS technologies to develop new systems for California and elsewhere to warn of hazards from earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events. Read the news release 'NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems'

Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space
Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments. Read the news release 'Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space'

NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad for Glacial Health
A NASA-led study has discovered a link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica that has implications for sea-level rise. Read the news release 'NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad for Glacial Health'


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