JPL is managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network.
Among the laboratory’s current major active projects are the Mars Science Laboratory mission (which includes the Curiosity rover), the Cassini–Huygens mission orbiting Saturn, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Dawn mission to the dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta, the Juno spacecraft en route to Jupiter, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) X-ray telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
JPL’s Space Flight Operations Facility and Twenty-Five-Foot Space Simulator are designated National Historic Landmarks.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) research articles from Innovation Toronto
- JPL CubeSat Clean Room: A Factory For Small Spacecraft – December 4, 2015
- New detector perfect for asteroid mining – November 24, 2015
- Smallest 3-D Camera Offers Brain Surgery Innovation – September 4, 2015
- ‘Hedgehog’ Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity – September 4, 2015
- Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning – April 13, 2015
- New NASA Space Cowboy Successfully Deploys Its ‘Lasso’ – March 6, 2015
- Technology Innovations Spin NASA’s SMAP into Space – January 3, 2015
- Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight – December 23, 2014
- Quantum teleportation breakthrough as researchers send photon of light 15.5 MILES – and it could mean UNBREAKABLE encryption for computer networks – December 12, 2014
- Printing the Metals of the Future – July 30, 2014
- Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans | food productivity
- Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots
- Historic Demonstration Proves Laser Communication Possible
- NASA Wants An Open Competition for a Mars 2020 Rover
- Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble: DHS and NASA Team up to Save Victims of Disasters
- NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space
- Upgrade to Mars rovers could aid discovery on more distant worlds
- Space Laser To Prove Increased Broadband Possible
- Global Sea Level Rise Dampened by Australia Floods
- Station Astronauts Remotely Control Planetary Rover From Space
- NASA’s OPALS to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
- Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover
- Martian space flight: Red dreams
- NASA’s proposed asteroid-snaring mission would ride on Glenn ion engines
- NASA announces new CubeSat space mission candidates
- Electric Rocket Engines: Magnetic Shielding of Ion Beam Thruster Walls
- NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
- Controlling a Virtual Spacecraft by Thought Alone
- Stanford researchers develop acrobatic space rovers to explore moons and asteroids
- Armchair Science: Bag and Tag Glowing Galactic Clouds
- NASA examines hybrid solar-electric propulsion for manned space missions
- New NASA Mission to Take First Look Deep Inside Mars
- Sending messages from Mars: Interplanetary broadband
- Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree
- Autonomous Robots Made to Explore and Map Buildings
- Solar sails pick up speed
- Science of TRON: Getting Up to Speed with Teleportation and Quantum Computing
- Earth-Like Planets May Be Ready for Their Close-Up
- NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System
The Internet contains a vast trove of information — sometimes called the “Deep Web” — that isn’t indexed by search engines
What you see when you do a basic Web search is only the tip of the iceberg. The Internet contains a vast trove of information — sometimes called the “Deep Web” — that isn’t indexed by search engines: information that would be useful for tracking criminals, terrorist activities, sex trafficking and the spread of diseases. Scientists could also use it to search for images and data from spacecraft.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been developing tools as part of its Memex program that access and catalog this mysterious online world. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have joined the Memex effort to harness the benefits of deep Web searching for science. Memex could, for example, help catalog the vast amounts of data NASA spacecraft deliver on a daily basis.
“We’re developing next-generation search technologies that understand people, places, things and the connections between them,” said Chris Mattmann, principal investigator for JPL’s work on Memex.