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 . ...
January 18, 2013
The car-sized rover Curiosity had a clean landing on Mars five months ago. But planetary missions didn't always run so smoothly at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mariner 3, a probe sent to do a first-ever flyby in 1964, failed to get to the Red Planet during a stressful time at the space agency. Engineers were under intense pressure to beat Russia in the space race. Another spacecraft launched three weeks later, Mariner 4, eventually made it to Mars. It returned the first grainy close-up images of a foreign terrain.
January 17, 2013
Frank Leppla, beloved and patient husband of Patti, father of Michael and Joey Lorscheider, grandfather of Sophia, Eddie, Vanessa, and Sean, and great-grandfather of Elijah and Amira, passed away on January 4, 2013, from a rare form of Leukemia. Frank was loved by all and will be missed. Frank was retired from JPL after 43 years as a scientific engineer. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at his home in La Cañada at noon on January 19th. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite cancer organization.
November 30, 2012
Going where no man has gone before -- it could be the theme for this year's Montrose Christmas Parade, with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars rover team and original “Star Trek” actor Walter Koenig serving as co-grand marshals. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and other dignitaries and officials will also be taking part in the parade along Honolulu Avenue, which starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The parade starts at Honolulu Avenue at Rosemont Avenue, and then runs east to Verdugo Road.
September 21, 2012
With the space shuttle Endeavour nearing Los Angeles airspace, a crowd started to amass at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, where there was a sense of mourning among some of the onlookers. "It's kind of sad, actually. It's sort of like a flag ceremony," said Steve Collins of the Curiosity Mars rover team. "It feels like they should be flying in the missing man formation. " Still, he said he was excited to meet up with several other rover team members to watch Endeavour's final flight, even if it is a somber occasion.
September 18, 2012
Officials have revealed some details of space shuttle Endeavour's aerial tour of California, a final flight that is to include low-level passes over the state Capitol, San Francisco and several Los Angeles landmarks. Riding piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle will depart Edwards Air Force Base about 7:15 a.m. Friday and will fly low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento, NASA officials said. There, Endeavour will fly over the Capitol and turn to San Francisco, where those hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle are advised to watch from one of several Bay Area museums, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
September 6, 2012
Floyd Alvin Paul, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on August 31, 2012. He was 89 years old. He joins his beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy, who preceded him in death by three years. Floyd was the third of 4 sons of Burton Wesley and Emma Lovina Boyd Paul, born on March 14, 1923 in Medford, Oregon. He and his brothers, Homer, Gordon and Robert grew up in Glendale where Floyd played the clarinet in the Sheriff's Boys Band and at E. J. Toll Jr. High. His mother, Emma, supported herself and her 4 sons working as a pharmacist.
August 23, 2012
Calling the work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory “important for California,” Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday defended government investment in science, and in projects such as high-speed rail even at a time of deficits and cuts to core services. “If the idea is when you got a problem you don't do anything, then you shut this place down, that's stupid,” he said during his visit to the campus in La Cañada Flintridge. “You've got to do more than one thing. We have to invest as well, as we take care of all these other problems.
June 11, 2012
Visitors to Jet Propulsion Laboratory 's Space Flight Operations Facility were given one rule as they filed inside Saturday morning: Say 'wow.' The hub that manages missions and flights is usually closed to the public; but many got a rare, close-up look at the national historic landmark during the NASA center's open house, which will continue again Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “That was fantastic,” said Kathy Ross. “You could see everything that they show on TV and all the stuff they don't.” Ross, from Studio City, was one of an estimated 17,700 visitors to tour JPL. She was on hand with her 8-year-old son, David.
June 4, 2012
A man who claims he lost his job at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory because he voiced support for the theory of intelligent design is seeking $1.36 million in damages and lost wages, according to court papers filed as the case winds down. David Coppedge, a former administrator on the Cassini project to Saturn, is seeking $860,000 for lost wages and $500,000 for emotional distress damages. Attorneys for Coppedge claimed in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this year that his discussions of intelligent design with co-workers led to discipline that improperly curtailed his free speech rights, amounting to religious discrimination.