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April 17, 2013
A laptop belonging to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge was allegedly stolen from a contract employee last summer, but the agency didn't realize it was missing until an inventory was conducted in January, officials said. JPL hired La Crescenta resident Jeffrey Mart in 1997 to complete contract work and he was given an Apple MacBook Pro laptop to monitor space flight operations from home, according to a report provided by the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
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July 13, 2005
Mark Humphrey The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has always been pioneering -- parachuting a fragile rover onto Mars and recently crashing a satellite into a comet with the Deep Impact program. Now, the organization's celestial accomplishments have been honored on terra firma with the NASA and JPL 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, which passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives. "With Deep Impact's recent success, which follows so many of their other successful ventures, the timing couldn't be better to honor the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's fine work," said Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who co-sponsored the bill with Rep. John Culberson, a Republican from Texas.
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May 10, 2013
The decision by NASA to shutter the popular open house at Jet Propulsion Laboratory has many science fans crying into their calculators. But Clark Magnet High School students in Glendale keep pushing on, recently launching a near-space balloon over Angeles National Fores t. Bert Ring imagines this cheering the JPL's downtrodden scientists.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News  Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans . ...
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December 20, 2003
Skaar -- Floyd Jeanette F. Skaar, the daughter of Otto F. and Fernanda Skaar of Panama City, Fla., and Brian Floyd, the son of Elmer and Janet Floyd of La Crescenta, have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1978 and attended Glendale Community College. She is an actress. The groom-to-be graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1977. He attended Pasadena City College and graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in liberal arts.
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December 6, 2002
There's a reason why robots have to be sent to Mars before humans, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hosting a lecture Thursday for all those interested in finding out why. The lecture will be given by the director of JPL's Mars Exploration Program, Firouz Naderi. It will focus on the robotic exploration of Mars, the goals and discoveries of the current Mars program and future plans. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the von Karman Auditorium at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive.
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May 9, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The challenges of exploring Mars will be the subject of an upcoming lecture at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Roger Gibbs, JPL's Mars Odyssey project manager, will give a free lecture on Mars exploration at 7 tonight at JPL's von Karman auditorium, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, La Canada Flintridge. The presentation will focus on the success of the Mars Odyssey, and how learning from past mistakes assured the Odyssey spacecraft arrived on time and on target into Mars orbit in October.
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July 31, 2002
Pictures and descriptions of NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory missions, including views of space as seen by heat-detecting infrared cameras and telescopes, can be seen from Aug. 1 to 31 at the Pasadena Public Library, 285 East Walnut St., Pasadena. The library's hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibit will also include photos of animals in visible and infrared light and displays explaining infrared technology and how it helps JPL scientists penetrate cosmic dust to see distant stars and galaxies.
NEWS
January 3, 2005
Watching through Rover was like walking on Mars It was only a year ago that my family, relatives and friends were gathered at my house in great anticipation of watching the landing of the Spirit rover on Mars. First, there was the atmospheric entry; next, the descent via parachute; and then, the bouncing touchdown on Mars. Everyone was glued to the television, waiting to hear news from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We eagerly waited for the rover Spirit to start out on its first robotic journey on the surface of Mars.
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January 18, 2003
ROBERT JOHN 'BOB' PLUMMER Robert John "Bob" Plummer, 73, a longtime La Crescenta resident, died Jan. 15, 2003. Mr. Plummer was born April 10, 1929, in Bangor, Maine. He graduated from Siena College in New York, and worked as an aerospace engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, TRW and Hughes Aircraft. After retiring, he and his wife raised dogs for the blind through Guide Dogs of America. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; brother, Philip; son, Mark; daughters, Kathleen Thoene and Diane Paulson; step-children, Sara Rector, Andrea Diamond, Seth Pollman and Russ Pollman; 15 grandchildren; and Labrador, Coral.
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October 28, 2004
Nancy Schmuecker, a longtime La Crescenta resident, passed away peacefully at her home Oct. 22 from complications related to multiple sclerosis. In her younger years, Nancy was active in the La Cañada Cooperative Nursery School that her three children attended, and later was a leader in the Pasadena Wellesley College Club and Glendale Junior Philharmonic group that supports the Los Angeles Symphony. She was a history major at Wellesley and later received her master's degree in gerontology from University of Southern California.
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June 7, 2013
Jim Stark, Jr. passed away November 23, 2012 in Marshall, Virginia. He was born in Torrance on July 6, 1966 and grew up in Glendale. He graduated from Crescenta Valley High school in 1984. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Riverside in Sociology and English in 1990. He worked as contractor for Northrop Grumman Martin for 16 years in positions ranging from technical writer, operations coordinator, database developer, systems administrator, and senior system analyst. Companies he worked for included the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Magellan Space Flight Project)
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 23, 2013
A proposed mission to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit in the Earth-moon system is a stepping stone to sending humans to Mars, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Thursday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Bolden visited the La Cañada Flintridge facility to visit with asteroid experts and see an ion thruster - which could potentially nudge an asteroid - in action at the lab. The public's interest in asteroids was heightened recently after JPL tracked a near-Earth object last year on the same day a fireball exploded over Russia, injuring hundreds and scattering meteorites across the region.
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May 10, 2013
The decision by NASA to shutter the popular open house at Jet Propulsion Laboratory has many science fans crying into their calculators. But Clark Magnet High School students in Glendale keep pushing on, recently launching a near-space balloon over Angeles National Fores t. Bert Ring imagines this cheering the JPL's downtrodden scientists.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News  Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans . ...
NEWS
May 8, 2013
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has emerged from its "spring break" and is back to work, officials at Jet Propulsion Laboratory said this week. Up next on the agenda: Drilling the second target at Yellowknife Bay. The Mars Science Laboratory mission made big news shortly before its break, turning up key evidence of life-friendly environments in its first drill sample, said mission deputy project scientist Ashwin Vasavada. The revelation came just in time. Mars slipped behind the sun during the month of April, in a phenomenon known as solar conjunction.
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April 18, 2013
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is suspending the open house that had been scheduled for June 8 and 9, making the popular yearly gathering the latest casualty of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. The “difficult decision” to put off the event was reached Tuesday, JPL spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said in an e-mail to The Times.  “If we can hold it later in the year after the budgetary dust settles, we will,” she wrote. Last month, NASA issued an internal memo suspending “all education and public outreach activities … pending further review” because of sequestration.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
A laptop belonging to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge was allegedly stolen from a contract employee last summer, but the agency didn't realize it was missing until an inventory was conducted in January, officials said. JPL hired La Crescenta resident Jeffrey Mart in 1997 to complete contract work and he was given an Apple MacBook Pro laptop to monitor space flight operations from home, according to a report provided by the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 7, 2013
NASA's planetary science division - responsible for sending the rover Curiosity to Mars - will get an unexpected budget hike of $123 million for the rest of 2013. These additional funds will be used to continue planetary exploration, officials said. As part of a temporary spending bill signed by President Obama on Tuesday, Congress approved a budget of roughly $1.41 billion for the planetary science division, compared to about $1.19 billion in Obama's requested budget. "That means Congress values [the]
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The meteor that created a shock wave when it entered Earth's atmosphere early Friday is not connected to the asteroid that is slated to pass by the planet today, according to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hundreds of people were injured as a meteor, brighter than the sun, streaked over Russia Friday. The blast was caught on several homemade videos. The meteor was about 15 meters in diamter and weighed 7,000 tons before enetering Earth's atmosphere, according to JPL. Asteroid 2012 DA14, a rock expected to fly in a close distance over our planet around 11 a.m., is 150 meters in diameter.
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By Mary O’Keefe | August 17, 2009
For more than three months now, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been unable to free the Martian rover Spirit from a patch of powdery soil that has ensnared the golf cart-sized machine since May 6. Engineers have been troubleshooting with a prototype in an effort to find some way of dislodging the rover. On June 30, engineers filled an elevated ramp full of soil that simulated the Martian terrain in which Spirit has found itself embedded. “It is a very difficult problem,” said John Callus, project manager for Spirit and its twin rover, Opportunity.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 1, 2009
LA CAÑADA — Engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Tuesday filled a ramp full of powdery earth and slowly rolled a test rover onto the geological cocktail as they tried to simulate the rover Spirit’s unfortunate circumstance on Mars. Since May 6, the golf cart-sized Spirit has been embedded in an area on the west side of what scientists have named “Home Plate” on Mars. The rover’s wheels can still rotate but slip in the soft soil, so engineers won’t move it until they work out an extraction plan on Earth.
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