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.

Military weather forecasters
11.20.19

SMAP satellite soil moisture measurements now increase the accuracy of Army and Air Force weather forecasts and advisories.

An underwater rover called BRUIE is being tested in Antarctica to look for life under the ice.
11.18.19

A two-wheeled robot that can roll beneath sea ice will test its ability in the Antarctic Ocean. BRUIE is being developed by JPL for possible future missions to icy moons.

The first global geologic map of Titan
11.18.19

NASA scientists used data from different instruments to detail the array of geologic features across the giant moon of Saturn.

Neptune Moon Dance
11.14.19

Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.

Views from NASA's Methane Source Finder
11.07.19

NASA scientists flew over thousands of facilities in California to detect sources of concentrated methane plumes. Their findings could help the state lower emissions.

2019 Postdoc Research Day Winners
09.25.19

Winners of the annual 2019 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

A prototype of the transforming robot Shapeshifter
09.25.19

JPL robotics engineers are experimenting with Shapeshifter, a swarm of small robots that can morph into different vehicles to explore alien worlds.

JPL and its university partners are competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge
08.13.19

Whether they fly, roll or do both, these machines could be the future of exploring beneath the surface of other worlds.

Three JPL researchers win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
07.29.19

Three JPL researchers received the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.

Human hand holding aerogel compound
07.15.19

Researchers are studying whether a wonder material used in Mars rovers could help warm parts of the Red Planet rich in water ice.

The climbing robot LEMUR rests after scaling a cliff in Death Valley, California
07.10.19

A new generation of robots being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can crawl, walk and even climb cliffs.

A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy
07.09.19

Scientists have developed a technique for analyzing satellite data that can reveal subtle structural changes in bridges and other infrastructure.

Artist's concept of Orbital Test Bed satellite flying over Earth
06.14.19

JPL navigators Todd Ely and Jill Seubert fly rovers to Mars. Now the pair have a new mission: helping to develop a future in which spacecraft and landers navigate themselves.

This artist's concept shows the geometry of a space telescope aligned with a starshade
06.11.19

To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.

Flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter
06.06.19

The Mars Helicopter - a small, autonomous aircraft that will demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars - has passed several key tests with flying colors.

Technicians integrate NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock into the Orbital Test Bed Earth-orbiting satellite, which will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, on June 22, 2019.
06.04.19

On June 22, NASA will launch a new technology that could change the way we navigate through space.

Illustration of a comet, ice grains and Earth's oceans
05.23.19

New observations reveal that water in comets and Earth's oceans may share common composition, suggesting more comets than previously thought could have delivered water to Earth.

New surface features of the Moon
05.13.19

High-resolution images show the Moon's lava plains are part of a much younger, shifting landscape than scientists realized.

Thwaites Glacier
04.25.19

How will Antarctica's melting ice sheet affect sea level rise hundreds of years in the future? Scientists now have a more accurate model to answer this question.

2019 John L. Swigert, Jr., Award
04.10.19

The historic mission is the 2019 winner of the John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

Earth-observing CubeSats
04.10.19

New technology that could support missions to the surface of Venus is one of many concepts chosen for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

Smartphone navigation app
04.03.19

More precise GPS, long-lasting sutures for heart surgery, and robots for disaster zones are among the spinoffs of inventions pioneered by NASA-JPL that benefit life on Earth.

Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team
03.28.19

The first helicopter to fly on Mars had its first flight on Earth.

The calving front of Jakobshavn Glacier, center
03.25.19

Formerly the island's fastest-flowing glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier slowed dramatically when a nearby ocean current cooled, though it's still adding to global sea level rise.

he first aerospace accelerator at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
03.19.19

The experimental program will develop technologies with startup companies for future space missions.

PAZ’s dual-polarization RO antenna; Image credit: HISDESAT
03.05.19

A satellite carrying a modified GNSS radio occultation receiver is showing how a small change in hardware could lead to a big change in science.

Miguel San Martin
02.27.19

Being elected to the Academy is among the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer.

Laurie Barge, left, and Erika Flores, right, in JPL's Origins and Habitability Lab in Pasadena, California.
02.25.19

A team of scientists has re-created some of the first steps of life in the lab, testing whether life could emerge on other ocean worlds.

CAL in environmental testing.
02.06.19

JPL-built CAL is an example of how doing things differently can help a project through difficulties and generate impressive results.

Thwaites Glacier
01.30.19

A NASA-led study has found a giant, growing cavern under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier - just one of multiple mechanisms that are rapidly melting this enormous mass of ice.

A hurricane as seen by NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument
01.28.19

A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans could lead to a 60 percent increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century.

Glaciers in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan
12.17.18

Asia's high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly as they melt, affecting the water supply of the arid plains below the peaks.

Students from the Los Angeles High School's Wild Cats team
12.17.18

Student teams raced against the clock — and one another — as they competed to be the first to stand a pipe upright using only homemade inventions.

still from slow motion video of the Mars 2020 parachute deploying
10.29.18

The supersonic parachute that will handle the heaviest payload yet to the Red Planet - Mars 2020 rover - passes its final sounding rocket test with flying colors.

Beaufort Sea
10.11.18

The Arctic Ocean's sea ice blanket has already lost most of its old ice and two-thirds of its thickness. The younger ice is thinning more slowly and variably.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines
10.10.18

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars has received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

Approximate location of the newly mapped Ocotillo section
10.08.18

There's new evidence that a short section of fault in the California desert connects known faults in California and Mexico into one long, continuous system.

ASTERIA in the clean room
09.26.18

A partnership between JPL and MIT on the ASTERIA spacecraft has demonstrated CubeSat utility for astrophysics.

Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds' title='Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds
09.25.18

Smoke and human-caused pollution have different effects on the clouds that produce much of Earth's rainfall, a new study finds.

The observed direction of polar motion
09.20.18

NASA has identified three processes responsible for wobbles in Earth's axis of rotation: water mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.

Flooding in Otey, Texas
09.20.18

In a new NASA-led study, scientists used GPS data to track where Hurricane Harvey's stormwater went and how long it took to dissipate.

Image of 2018 Technology Highlights Cover
09.17.18

A new document presents a diverse set of technology developments -- selected by the Chief Technologist out of many similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success. 

2018 Postdocs Awards Day Ceremony
09.04.18

Winners of the annual 2018 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

ASTERIA team
08.14.18

The ASTERIA mission has received the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award for demonstrating "a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites."

Line of dead and damaged trees after a surface fire in the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil
08.09.18

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

2017 image of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park in the Yukon
08.06.18

A new NASA-led study shows that the carbon cycle in the Arctic is speeding up.

Students and hobbyists can now build their own scaled-down rovers.  Image Credit: Emily Velasco
07.31.18

The JPL Open Source Rover Project allows students and hobbyists to build their own scaled down version of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Series of graphs
07.31.18

The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space: NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms.

Artist's concept of radiation from Jupiter
07.23.18

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter's icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look.

Depiction of a mapping of the positions of known near-Earth objects
07.23.18

NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies enters its third decade of predicting possible impacts.

Military weather forecasters
11.20.19

SMAP satellite soil moisture measurements now increase the accuracy of Army and Air Force weather forecasts and advisories.

An underwater rover called BRUIE is being tested in Antarctica to look for life under the ice.
11.18.19

A two-wheeled robot that can roll beneath sea ice will test its ability in the Antarctic Ocean. BRUIE is being developed by JPL for possible future missions to icy moons.

The first global geologic map of Titan
11.18.19

NASA scientists used data from different instruments to detail the array of geologic features across the giant moon of Saturn.

Neptune Moon Dance
11.14.19

Naiad and Thalassa race around the ice giant in odd orbits seemingly to avoid each other.

Views from NASA's Methane Source Finder
11.07.19

NASA scientists flew over thousands of facilities in California to detect sources of concentrated methane plumes. Their findings could help the state lower emissions.

2019 Postdoc Research Day Winners
09.25.19

Winners of the annual 2019 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

A prototype of the transforming robot Shapeshifter
09.25.19

JPL robotics engineers are experimenting with Shapeshifter, a swarm of small robots that can morph into different vehicles to explore alien worlds.

JPL and its university partners are competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge
08.13.19

Whether they fly, roll or do both, these machines could be the future of exploring beneath the surface of other worlds.

Three JPL researchers win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
07.29.19

Three JPL researchers received the highest honor given by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.

Human hand holding aerogel compound
07.15.19

Researchers are studying whether a wonder material used in Mars rovers could help warm parts of the Red Planet rich in water ice.

The climbing robot LEMUR rests after scaling a cliff in Death Valley, California
07.10.19

A new generation of robots being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can crawl, walk and even climb cliffs.

A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy
07.09.19

Scientists have developed a technique for analyzing satellite data that can reveal subtle structural changes in bridges and other infrastructure.

Artist's concept of Orbital Test Bed satellite flying over Earth
06.14.19

JPL navigators Todd Ely and Jill Seubert fly rovers to Mars. Now the pair have a new mission: helping to develop a future in which spacecraft and landers navigate themselves.

This artist's concept shows the geometry of a space telescope aligned with a starshade
06.11.19

To hunt for exoplanets, the flowerlike shade would need to stay aligned with a space telescope over vast distances. Recent work demonstrates how that's possible.

Flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter
06.06.19

The Mars Helicopter - a small, autonomous aircraft that will demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars - has passed several key tests with flying colors.

Technicians integrate NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock into the Orbital Test Bed Earth-orbiting satellite, which will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, on June 22, 2019.
06.04.19

On June 22, NASA will launch a new technology that could change the way we navigate through space.

Illustration of a comet, ice grains and Earth's oceans
05.23.19

New observations reveal that water in comets and Earth's oceans may share common composition, suggesting more comets than previously thought could have delivered water to Earth.

New surface features of the Moon
05.13.19

High-resolution images show the Moon's lava plains are part of a much younger, shifting landscape than scientists realized.

Thwaites Glacier
04.25.19

How will Antarctica's melting ice sheet affect sea level rise hundreds of years in the future? Scientists now have a more accurate model to answer this question.

2019 John L. Swigert, Jr., Award
04.10.19

The historic mission is the 2019 winner of the John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

Earth-observing CubeSats
04.10.19

New technology that could support missions to the surface of Venus is one of many concepts chosen for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

Smartphone navigation app
04.03.19

More precise GPS, long-lasting sutures for heart surgery, and robots for disaster zones are among the spinoffs of inventions pioneered by NASA-JPL that benefit life on Earth.

Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team
03.28.19

The first helicopter to fly on Mars had its first flight on Earth.

The calving front of Jakobshavn Glacier, center
03.25.19

Formerly the island's fastest-flowing glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier slowed dramatically when a nearby ocean current cooled, though it's still adding to global sea level rise.

he first aerospace accelerator at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
03.19.19

The experimental program will develop technologies with startup companies for future space missions.

PAZ’s dual-polarization RO antenna; Image credit: HISDESAT
03.05.19

A satellite carrying a modified GNSS radio occultation receiver is showing how a small change in hardware could lead to a big change in science.

Miguel San Martin
02.27.19

Being elected to the Academy is among the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer.

Laurie Barge, left, and Erika Flores, right, in JPL's Origins and Habitability Lab in Pasadena, California.
02.25.19

A team of scientists has re-created some of the first steps of life in the lab, testing whether life could emerge on other ocean worlds.

CAL in environmental testing.
02.06.19

JPL-built CAL is an example of how doing things differently can help a project through difficulties and generate impressive results.

Thwaites Glacier
01.30.19

A NASA-led study has found a giant, growing cavern under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier - just one of multiple mechanisms that are rapidly melting this enormous mass of ice.

A hurricane as seen by NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument
01.28.19

A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans could lead to a 60 percent increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century.

Glaciers in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan
12.17.18

Asia's high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly as they melt, affecting the water supply of the arid plains below the peaks.

Students from the Los Angeles High School's Wild Cats team
12.17.18

Student teams raced against the clock — and one another — as they competed to be the first to stand a pipe upright using only homemade inventions.

still from slow motion video of the Mars 2020 parachute deploying
10.29.18

The supersonic parachute that will handle the heaviest payload yet to the Red Planet - Mars 2020 rover - passes its final sounding rocket test with flying colors.

Beaufort Sea
10.11.18

The Arctic Ocean's sea ice blanket has already lost most of its old ice and two-thirds of its thickness. The younger ice is thinning more slowly and variably.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines
10.10.18

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars has received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

Approximate location of the newly mapped Ocotillo section
10.08.18

There's new evidence that a short section of fault in the California desert connects known faults in California and Mexico into one long, continuous system.

ASTERIA in the clean room
09.26.18

A partnership between JPL and MIT on the ASTERIA spacecraft has demonstrated CubeSat utility for astrophysics.

Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds' title='Heavy human-caused pollution can suppress the growth of rain-producing clouds
09.25.18

Smoke and human-caused pollution have different effects on the clouds that produce much of Earth's rainfall, a new study finds.

The observed direction of polar motion
09.20.18

NASA has identified three processes responsible for wobbles in Earth's axis of rotation: water mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.

Flooding in Otey, Texas
09.20.18

In a new NASA-led study, scientists used GPS data to track where Hurricane Harvey's stormwater went and how long it took to dissipate.

Image of 2018 Technology Highlights Cover
09.17.18

A new document presents a diverse set of technology developments -- selected by the Chief Technologist out of many similar efforts at JPL -- that are essential for JPL’s continuing contribution to NASA’s future success. 

2018 Postdocs Awards Day Ceremony
09.04.18

Winners of the annual 2018 Postdoc Research Day gave seminars on their research and were presented with plaques to commemorate the event.

ASTERIA team
08.14.18

The ASTERIA mission has received the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award for demonstrating "a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites."

Line of dead and damaged trees after a surface fire in the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil
08.09.18

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

2017 image of Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park in the Yukon
08.06.18

A new NASA-led study shows that the carbon cycle in the Arctic is speeding up.

Students and hobbyists can now build their own scaled-down rovers.  Image Credit: Emily Velasco
07.31.18

The JPL Open Source Rover Project allows students and hobbyists to build their own scaled down version of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Series of graphs
07.31.18

The International Space Station is officially home to the coolest experiment in space: NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is now producing clouds of ultracold atoms.

Artist's concept of radiation from Jupiter
07.23.18

New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummeling Jupiter's icy moon Europa reveals where scientists should look.

Depiction of a mapping of the positions of known near-Earth objects
07.23.18

NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies enters its third decade of predicting possible impacts.