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By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times | September 12, 2013
This post has been corrected. See note below. After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago. "Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's...
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September 29, 2004
Darleene Barrientos With a PowerPoint slideshow and a red laser pointer, Randii R. Wessen set a room full of students' and professors' minds on warp drive. Wessen, a navigator program engineer with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, led an audience of nearly 100 Tuesday through NASA's upcoming and ongoing projects involving space exploration. The exploration and research is necessary, Wessen said, to improve the quality of life of people on Earth. With projects planned through 2104 to explore, for example, Titan, one of Saturn's moons, or further probe the surface of Mars, Wessen said all of NASA's efforts ultimately benefit mankind and allowed humans to understand the Earth and their place in the universe.
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By Hassahn Liggins | July 22, 2009
Los Angeles is a place known for its celebrity-driven star-power but not known for the star-power that forms beautiful constellations in the night sky. Due to the pollution produced by the daily grind of urban living, the L.A. sky is not one that is conducive to viewing the splendor of the Milky Way. But for those of us out there who crave a little astronomical entertainment, Glendale offers an awe-inspiring alternative. Along the 1500 block of Verdugo sits Glendale Community College.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 12, 2009
LA CAÑADA — The mission of the spacecraft Ulysses, which studied the far-flung polar regions of the sun, has come to an end after 18 years of exploration — far outlasting its original life expectancy. The spacecraft was a joint mission between Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA and European Space Agency. Throughout its long mission it entered unexplored regions of the solar system, gathering information about the sun and its environment. “We lasted almost four times longer than planned and a year longer than we thought we would,” said Ed Massey, Ulysses NASA/JPL project manager.
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 4, 2007
Last Thursday, the children of Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees had the opportunity to explore crafts and the solar system as well as learn what Mom and Dad really do all day while they are at school. JPLers and their children participated in Take Your Child To Work Day. For at least 15 years the Lab has set aside one day a year for employees' children to visit the campus and explore their parents' chosen career. Kids from 9 to 17 spent the day making crafts, getting temporary tattoos and making their own miniature rockets.
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September 18, 2002
Janine Marnien Jet Propulsion Laboratory is home to space exploration technology, planetary information -- and artwork by students at Palm Crest Elementary School. Drawings depicting the solar system by nine Palm Crest students have found their way on to JPL's Web site. "JPL's important because they do research, which is good," said Tiffany Chen, this week's featured artist. "It's really cool to have artwork on JPL's site. Everybody gets to see it."
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January 17, 2012
NASA is scheduled to announce which of the names submitted by more than 11,000 students from across the nation will be picked for two lunar space probes that will map the moon like never before. The solar-powered GRAIL twins will give scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory an unprecedented amount of data on the moon, such as its gravitational field, which will allow them to better understand how Earth and other planets in the solar system came to be. More than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, took part in a contest to name the twin orbiters, according to NASA.
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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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April 5, 2003
About 100 Fremont Elementary School fifth-grade students Friday participated in the school's annual science fair. Students had about one month to prepare, and came up with a variety of theories about the solar system, earthquakes, eggs, gravity, plants, bacteria and orange soda. After researching wind trends and bombs, 10-year-old Michael Bonino-Britsch hypothesized in his "Winds of War" experiment that Glendale would be safe if a radioactive "dirty bomb" was dropped on downtown Los Angeles during a terrorist attack.
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By By Vince Lovato | November 18, 2005
Jet Propulsion Laboratory will receive $500,000 in federal funds to enhance educational materials, programming and exhibits offered jointly to the public with Griffith Observatory. The U.S. Senate approved the funding Wednesday as part of the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006. The legislation must be signed by President Bush. With 16 spacecraft operating in the solar system, JPL is one of the nation's premier space research facilities. The La Cañada Flintridge-based lab created the nation's first satellite and sent the first robotic craft to the moon and into the solar system.
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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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By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times | September 12, 2013
This post has been corrected. See note below. After 36 years of space travel and months of heated debate among scientists, NASA confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 has indeed left our solar system and had entered interstellar space more than a year ago. "Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's...
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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.
THE818NOW
January 17, 2012
NASA is scheduled to announce which of the names submitted by more than 11,000 students from across the nation will be picked for two lunar space probes that will map the moon like never before. The solar-powered GRAIL twins will give scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory an unprecedented amount of data on the moon, such as its gravitational field, which will allow them to better understand how Earth and other planets in the solar system came to be. More than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, took part in a contest to name the twin orbiters, according to NASA.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | October 25, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council is poised to loosen regulations on solar energy systems, but Mayor Ara Najarian and a group of residents say the move doesn't go far enough. The City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting new zoning regulations intended to ease restrictions on building a new structure or addition to support solar panels. Council members last week endorsed the proposal, which would allow taller, larger panel structures. The new rules would provide more flexibility in an effort to ease restrictions on installing the solar energy equipment, city planner Chris Baghdikian said.
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By Michael J. Arvizu, michael.arvizu@latimes.com | July 26, 2010
The 96 solar panels installed at J's Maintenance in La Crescenta are expected to generate about 80% of the company's energy, officials said. The panels should save the company $7,000 to $8,000 in its first year, said J's Maintenance General Manager Chris Waldheim. Annual electricity costs for the company have totaled $10,000, he added. About $65,000 in government incentives is expected to go toward the $135,000 project. Solar tubes installed several years ago in the ceiling, which allow natural light to filter into some of the building's rooms, was Waldheim's company's first step in going green.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | March 29, 2010
Linda J. Spilker, a project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, grins when she talks about the discoveries made by the Hyugens probe as it nears its sixth year on the surface of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. “It’s just totally amazing,” she said, referring to the probe’s early exploration of Titan. “Here are some of these pictures coming back, and they’re showing what looks like we’re landing in, perhaps, a streambed or something.
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By Melanie Hicken | March 1, 2010
CITY HALL — Scott Peer’s quest to install solar energy panels has attracted the attention of a state deputy attorney general who says that in blocking the project, the city is violating state law. Peer has been sparring with city officials since 2008, when they nixed his plans to build a metal structure to support solar panels because it did not meet required setback and height restrictions. The block came after Glendale Water & Power had already approved his solar project for a state rebate of about $10,000 for the installation, Peer said.
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By Hassahn Liggins | July 22, 2009
Los Angeles is a place known for its celebrity-driven star-power but not known for the star-power that forms beautiful constellations in the night sky. Due to the pollution produced by the daily grind of urban living, the L.A. sky is not one that is conducive to viewing the splendor of the Milky Way. But for those of us out there who crave a little astronomical entertainment, Glendale offers an awe-inspiring alternative. Along the 1500 block of Verdugo sits Glendale Community College.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 12, 2009
LA CAÑADA — The mission of the spacecraft Ulysses, which studied the far-flung polar regions of the sun, has come to an end after 18 years of exploration — far outlasting its original life expectancy. The spacecraft was a joint mission between Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA and European Space Agency. Throughout its long mission it entered unexplored regions of the solar system, gathering information about the sun and its environment. “We lasted almost four times longer than planned and a year longer than we thought we would,” said Ed Massey, Ulysses NASA/JPL project manager.
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