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 . ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 15, 2004
Tim Willert President George W. Bush might have stolen his thunder Wednesday, but the nation's second explorer-in-chief received a hearty welcome at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hours after Bush announced plans to return Americans to the moon and beyond, Vice President Dick Cheney was cheered by hundreds of JPL employees basking in the success of the Mars exploration program. "The president and I appreciate the outstanding work performed by everyone here at the JPL," Cheney told 1,500 employees after touring the Mars mission-control area.