News Board

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.

Artist's conception of the planned SWOT satellite over the Amazon basin
04.26.18

River floods are one of Earth's most common and devastating natural disasters. A NASA study analyzes how river-observing satellites can better help mitigate their effects.

Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
04.19.18

The first CubeSat mission to deep space will launch in May.

FPA examples
04.03.18

HOT BIRD Isn't Hot or a Bird. It's the World-Class IR Detector You've Never Heard Of.

NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
04.03.18

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) in 2018.

Artist's collage
04.02.18

NASA is investing in technology concepts, including several from JPL, that may one day be used for future space exploration missions​.

Tom Cwik
04.02.18

Startup companies in the aerospace sector descended on JPL to pitch their ideas to JPL technologists, corporate and government agency leaders, and potential investors.

Tundra polygons on Alaska's North Slope
03.05.18

Permafrost in the far northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a source of carbon to the atmosphere in 40 to 60 years.

The flow of Antarctic ice
02.20.18

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Matthias Maurer of ESA inserts samples into the MinION DNA sequencer
02.08.18

New technology could cut months off the time it takes to study molecular biology on the International Space Station.

Artist's illustration of the Deep Space Atomic Clock
02.06.18

JPL project could help spacecraft keep time more efficiently.

University High School took first place at the regional Science Bowl competition
01.30.18

Students were quizzed on a variety of science questions this past weekend.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory used their expertise at detecting faint signals in satellite data
01.26.18

JPL technology to help find disaster survivors under rubble is included in the 2018 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication, which features 49 technologies the agency helped create.

A coating of dust on snow speeds the pace of snowmelt in the spring.
01.24.18

The amount of dust on the snowpack, not the warmth of the spring air, controls the pace of spring snowmelt flowing into the Colorado River.

Map of the world from space highlighting burn areas.
01.03.18

A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.

Rover path
12.20.17

JPL’s driverless rovers get another upgrade.

The view from NASA's ER-2
12.20.17

Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems.

Shouleh Nikzad
12.14.17

Dr. Shouleh Nikzad was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Team Golden Tulip
12.04.17

Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.

The contribution of melting ice in Greenland
11.21.17

A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones
11.21.17

Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.

Sabinyo volcano and thick forest in Virunga National Park
11.17.17

The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.

Pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae
11.09.17

Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet
11.07.17

A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft
10.18.17

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions' title='The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions
10.12.17

OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.

Winners of the 2017 Postdoctoral Research Day
10.04.17

Winners of the annual 2017 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

From L-R: guide Keeton Kroon; Andy Klesh of JPL; and John Leichty of JPL.
09.27.17

Cubesat experts are helping to map out icy, underwater caves.

Comet Sample Verification System research team
09.26.17

A series of parabolic flights from Zero Gravity Corporation enabled researchers to test and validate the performance of two technologies from JPL.

Some examples of origami designs at JPL. Engineers are exploring this ancient art form to create folding spacecraft.
09.25.17

Origami has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

An emergency responder in Mexico City carries an orange case holding a radar instrument called FINDER.
09.25.17

Disaster relief workers in Mexico City who are responding to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake used a suitcase-sized radar instrument than can detect human heartbeats under rubble.

A rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier
09.19.17

The flow speeds of Antarctica's fastest-accelerating glaciers in 2008-2014 likely increased because of warm water blown into their bay by La Niña and another climate pattern.

Image of 2016-2017 Technology Highlights Cover
08.31.17

A new document highlights a diverse set of technology developments -- out of numerous similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

Volcano eruption
08.29.17

Scientists at JPL have conducted a study to see if current technologies could prevent a supervolcano from erupting.

AREE
08.28.17

Mechanical computers could help explore an extremely unwelcoming planet.

NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars.' title='NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars.
08.11.17

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies, three of which are managed by JPL.

Map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey.
08.07.17

Three JPL scientists are part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is helping to further our understanding of the structure of the universe.

U.S. trends in the optical depth of aerosols from 2001 to 2015 (blue is decreasing, red is increasing).
08.07.17

In the 1900s, the U.S. warmed everywhere except the Southeast, where warming didn't begin till the 1990s. A study finds air quality improvements may have played a role.

DSN
08.02.17

Over the mission's 40 years, NASA's Voyager spacecraft have paved the way for modern deep space communications.

Drizzle over land
07.26.17

What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.

LISA
07.24.17

The spacecraft was steady as they come. That has big implications for future science.

Plumes on Enceladus
07.20.17

A new science paper looks at a novel way to detect microbes on another planet.

Radar measurements of Pawnee quake deformation based on before/after satellite data analysis.
06.30.17

A NASA-led study examines the geology of last September's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strongest ever measured by instruments in state history.

Traction control testing
06.29.17

A new software program reduces wear and tear on the Curiosity Mars rover wheels.

ISS
06.27.17

Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority.

AI imaging an Icelandic volcano
06.22.17

JPL experts outline how autonomy can free robotic explorers to make discoveries.

A.I. laser targeting
06.22.17

The software has had a successful first year on NASA's Curiosity rover and is planned for the Mars 2020 mission.

COBALT landing technology
06.21.17

NASA technology aims for more precise interplanetary landings.

Rain forest
06.12.17

Global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in the tropics as our planet continues to warm.

Three Years of NEOWISE Data
06.06.17

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data of asteroid and comet discoveries.

Thwaites Glacier
06.01.17

Thwaites Glacier is melting rapidly but not as fast as earlier research predicted, according to a new NASA study using a more realistic computer model.

Artist's conception of the planned SWOT satellite over the Amazon basin
04.26.18

River floods are one of Earth's most common and devastating natural disasters. A NASA study analyzes how river-observing satellites can better help mitigate their effects.

Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
04.19.18

The first CubeSat mission to deep space will launch in May.

FPA examples
04.03.18

HOT BIRD Isn't Hot or a Bird. It's the World-Class IR Detector You've Never Heard Of.

NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP)
04.03.18

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) in 2018.

Artist's collage
04.02.18

NASA is investing in technology concepts, including several from JPL, that may one day be used for future space exploration missions​.

Tom Cwik
04.02.18

Startup companies in the aerospace sector descended on JPL to pitch their ideas to JPL technologists, corporate and government agency leaders, and potential investors.

Tundra polygons on Alaska's North Slope
03.05.18

Permafrost in the far northern Arctic will thaw enough to become a source of carbon to the atmosphere in 40 to 60 years.

The flow of Antarctic ice
02.20.18

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Matthias Maurer of ESA inserts samples into the MinION DNA sequencer
02.08.18

New technology could cut months off the time it takes to study molecular biology on the International Space Station.

Artist's illustration of the Deep Space Atomic Clock
02.06.18

JPL project could help spacecraft keep time more efficiently.

University High School took first place at the regional Science Bowl competition
01.30.18

Students were quizzed on a variety of science questions this past weekend.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory used their expertise at detecting faint signals in satellite data
01.26.18

JPL technology to help find disaster survivors under rubble is included in the 2018 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication, which features 49 technologies the agency helped create.

A coating of dust on snow speeds the pace of snowmelt in the spring.
01.24.18

The amount of dust on the snowpack, not the warmth of the spring air, controls the pace of spring snowmelt flowing into the Colorado River.

Map of the world from space highlighting burn areas.
01.03.18

A new calculation of methane emissions from global fires resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explaining the recent methane increase.

Rover path
12.20.17

JPL’s driverless rovers get another upgrade.

The view from NASA's ER-2
12.20.17

Scientists have completed flight tests of prototype potential satellite sensors probing basic science questions about aerosols, clouds, air quality and global ocean ecosystems.

Shouleh Nikzad
12.14.17

Dr. Shouleh Nikzad was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors.

Team Golden Tulip
12.04.17

Students from as far away as Tanzania and Ethiopia joined JPL professionals in the annual Invention Challenge.

The contribution of melting ice in Greenland
11.21.17

A new NASA tool that links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice may help coastal planners prepare for future rising seas.

JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones
11.21.17

Artificial intelligence could soon match the skills of professional drone pilots.

Sabinyo volcano and thick forest in Virunga National Park
11.17.17

The equivalent of up to three-quarters of the carbon stored in contiguous U.S. forests is locked in the living vegetation of one African country, according to new research.

Pit chains on dwarf planet Ceres called Samhain Catenae
11.09.17

Surface features on Ceres and its interior evolution have a closer relationship than one might think.

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet
11.07.17

A geothermal heat source may help explain why West Antarctica's ice sheet is so unstable.

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft
10.18.17

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions' title='The special collection of OCO-2-based papers includes new detail on varying carbon dioxide emissions
10.12.17

OCO-2 data are revealing subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth, as demonstrated by a diverse special collection of research papers in the journal Science.

Winners of the 2017 Postdoctoral Research Day
10.04.17

Winners of the annual 2017 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

From L-R: guide Keeton Kroon; Andy Klesh of JPL; and John Leichty of JPL.
09.27.17

Cubesat experts are helping to map out icy, underwater caves.

Comet Sample Verification System research team
09.26.17

A series of parabolic flights from Zero Gravity Corporation enabled researchers to test and validate the performance of two technologies from JPL.

Some examples of origami designs at JPL. Engineers are exploring this ancient art form to create folding spacecraft.
09.25.17

Origami has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

An emergency responder in Mexico City carries an orange case holding a radar instrument called FINDER.
09.25.17

Disaster relief workers in Mexico City who are responding to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake used a suitcase-sized radar instrument than can detect human heartbeats under rubble.

A rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier
09.19.17

The flow speeds of Antarctica's fastest-accelerating glaciers in 2008-2014 likely increased because of warm water blown into their bay by La Niña and another climate pattern.

Image of 2016-2017 Technology Highlights Cover
08.31.17

A new document highlights a diverse set of technology developments -- out of numerous similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success.

Volcano eruption
08.29.17

Scientists at JPL have conducted a study to see if current technologies could prevent a supervolcano from erupting.

AREE
08.28.17

Mechanical computers could help explore an extremely unwelcoming planet.

NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars.' title='NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars.
08.11.17

NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies, three of which are managed by JPL.

Map of dark matter made from gravitational lensing measurements of 26 million galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey.
08.07.17

Three JPL scientists are part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is helping to further our understanding of the structure of the universe.

U.S. trends in the optical depth of aerosols from 2001 to 2015 (blue is decreasing, red is increasing).
08.07.17

In the 1900s, the U.S. warmed everywhere except the Southeast, where warming didn't begin till the 1990s. A study finds air quality improvements may have played a role.

DSN
08.02.17

Over the mission's 40 years, NASA's Voyager spacecraft have paved the way for modern deep space communications.

Drizzle over land
07.26.17

What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.

LISA
07.24.17

The spacecraft was steady as they come. That has big implications for future science.

Plumes on Enceladus
07.20.17

A new science paper looks at a novel way to detect microbes on another planet.

Radar measurements of Pawnee quake deformation based on before/after satellite data analysis.
06.30.17

A NASA-led study examines the geology of last September's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strongest ever measured by instruments in state history.

Traction control testing
06.29.17

A new software program reduces wear and tear on the Curiosity Mars rover wheels.

ISS
06.27.17

Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority.

AI imaging an Icelandic volcano
06.22.17

JPL experts outline how autonomy can free robotic explorers to make discoveries.

A.I. laser targeting
06.22.17

The software has had a successful first year on NASA's Curiosity rover and is planned for the Mars 2020 mission.

COBALT landing technology
06.21.17

NASA technology aims for more precise interplanetary landings.

Rain forest
06.12.17

Global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in the tropics as our planet continues to warm.

Three Years of NEOWISE Data
06.06.17

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data of asteroid and comet discoveries.

Thwaites Glacier
06.01.17

Thwaites Glacier is melting rapidly but not as fast as earlier research predicted, according to a new NASA study using a more realistic computer model.