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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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September 7, 2007
A hearing is scheduled to be held Sept. 24 for a lawsuit brought by 27 scientists and one engineer from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center against NASA/JPL who object to a new background check requirement, saying it is an invasion of privacy. ?These scientists [and the engineer] work in non-sensitive, unclassified areas,? said attorney Dan Stormer, a partner at Hadsell and Stormer who represents the plaintiffs. A Bush administration directive requires new background checks for all government employees.
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January 28, 2014
After 35 years of operation, NASA announced in September 2013 that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had reached the space between the stars: interstellar space. This was a victory for the mission and the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the region where the impact of the sun ends, and where particles from other stars enter into the solar system, according to officials with the space exploration agency. But what many don't know is the project almost never made it off the ground.
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By Mary O’Keefe | August 22, 2008
W hat do a Dodgers' outfielder and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist have in common? They both use "perceptual judgment mechanism needed to track a sphere as drag coefficient and Magnus forces induce non-symmetric parabolas" — of course. "That’s geek speak for how a fly ball [travels]," said Don Yeoman, manager of NASA Near Earth Object Office at JPL. Yeoman used the analogy of how a ball player calculates the speed and direction of a fly ball to how scientists determine the velocity and path of asteroids as they hurdle through space.
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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.
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March 13, 2012
The judge in the trial of a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory employee who claims he was fired for his belief that God had a hand in shaping the universe will determine what's dogma and what isn't, not a religious expert. David Coppedge, a former systems administration lead on NASA'sCassini mission to Saturn, claims he was unfairly terminated from his JPL job for discussing California's gay marriage ban initiative with colleagues and for giving them DVDs promoting intelligent design - the theory that life and the existence of the universe are best explained as the result of the influence of God or an intelligent agent.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | 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.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
Lawyers for Jet Propulsion Laboratory challenged former JPL employee David Coppedge on his track record at the NASA-affiliated research facility Tuesday, laying out a history of complaints about his work that had nothing to do with religion or politics. Coppedge is suing JPL for wrongful termination, claiming he was the subject of discrimination because he engaged other coworkers in conversation about California's ban on gay marriages and the theory of intelligent design. The theory holds that an intelligent agent guided the creation and evolution of the universe.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | April 4, 2013
Thirty-two students in aerospace, engineering and science programs in 11 different countries descended on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week as part of a Caltech competition to design a mission to one of Mars' two moons, Phobos or Deimos. "Watching the enthusiasm there was just really impressive," said Jason Rabinovitch, a Caltech graduate student who co-organized the program with fellow graduate student Nick Parziale. Parziale added that students, who visited JPL for a tour, had to be dragged away from each station during the tour.
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February 14, 2013
The largest asteroid to come in close contact with Earth is set to fly by our planet Friday morning. The rock, called Asteroid 2012 DA14, is 150 feet in diameter and will fly around 27,000 km above the surface of Earth. The moon is roughly 384,400 km from Earth. NASA astronomers have said there is no chance of an impact. The close encounter will take place around 11 a.m. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see the rock during the day, even with a small telescope. But NASA will stream images and live commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA TV . Images from Europe and Australia will be shown starting at 9 a.m. Commentary from JPL starts at 11 a.m. The broadcast is available online at: www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 and www.nasa.gov/ntv . -- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News Follow Tiffany Kelly on Google+ and on Twitter @LATiffanyKelly .
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February 26, 2014
The Kepler mission, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, has discovered 715 new planets, NASA announced Wednesday. The newly verified planets orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems like the Earth's solar system. The discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more like Earth than previously identified planets outside of the solar system, according to the space exploration agency. "That these new planets and solar systems look somewhat like our own, portends a great future when we have the James Webb Space Telescope in space to characterize the new worlds,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
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January 28, 2014
After 35 years of operation, NASA announced in September 2013 that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had reached the space between the stars: interstellar space. This was a victory for the mission and the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the region where the impact of the sun ends, and where particles from other stars enter into the solar system, according to officials with the space exploration agency. But what many don't know is the project almost never made it off the ground.
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December 10, 2013
Good morning readers. Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10. It's cold out there, so put on that sweater, warm up by the glow of your computer screen and check out these headlines: A federal judge sentenced a Glendale man to five years in prison for tricking or extorting hundreds of women into giving him naked pictures of themselves. Glendale News-Press Burbank student Maria Cardenas, 26, has been without health insurance for the last four years , and it worries her. See how she's coping.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | December 7, 2013
Local students channeled their inner Tiger Woods on Friday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a competition to hit a hole-in-one in record time. The annual “Invention Challenge” called on middle and high school students, as well as JPL employees, to build a contraption that would hit a golf ball into a hole located about 5 feet away. The teams used materials such as vacuum-cleaner extensions, springs, mouse traps and angled pipes that dropped the ball with a “plop” into the hole.  They used sliders, pendulums and even compressed air to send the ball flying.
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December 5, 2013
Ed Stone, former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and scientist on the long-running Voyager mission, got a surprise at the end of his appearance on the Colbert Report this week. Stone was a guest on the show Tuesday night and chatted with host Stephen Colbert about the La Cañada Flintridge facility and Voyager 1's achievement of reaching interstellar space. And the end of the show, Colbert floated onto stage wearing a silver spacesuit and presented Stone with a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
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October 1, 2013
The Mars rover Curiosity won't be left in park on the Red Planet this week, but no updates about the mission will be tweeted. Scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are reporting to work despite the partial federal government shutdown that took effect on Tuesday, JPL spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said. Curiosity and other missions that the center manages, including another Mars rover - - Opportunity --- and two Mars orbiters, are not currently impacted.
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By Amina Khan | September 26, 2013
NASA engineers have built a device that uses radar to detect heartbeats in the rubble of collapsed buildings, with technology typically used to explore other planets. The FINDER device, developed with the Department of Homeland Security, could help search-and-rescue teams find survivors trapped underneath the wreckage - even when those victims can't call for help.  Identifying people who are still alive in a collapsed building is a major challenge for urban rescue missions, said Jim Lux, task manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for FINDER (short for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response)
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August 29, 2013
Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead the lab 16 years later, died early Thursday at his home in Oceanside. The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his longtime friend Charlene Anderson. He was 81, the Los Angeles Times reported . Murray was a strong proponent of the scientific value of taking pictures of other planets, the better to learn about Earth. That was a minority view at the time he joined the lab, where missions to measure magnetic fields and particle concentrations were more in vogue.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is known for its exploration of space, but the La Cañada Flintridge facility is starting to focus its gaze back to Earth. Three new missions scheduled to launch in 2014 will examine soil moisture, wind, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The data obtained from the orbiters sent on these missions can be used by farmers, meteorologists and others in understanding how the planet works, scientists said. PHOTOS: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits JPL “Last year was the year of Mars,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi on Tuesday.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 18, 2013
The House Appropriations Committee has restored nearly $100 million to NASA's planetary science division, which funds missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, officials announced Thursday. “It's definitely good news for JPL and good news for planetary science fans around the country,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) in an interview. President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes about $1.2 billion for the agency's planetary science division, around $200 million less than the previous year.
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