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By Mary O'Keefe | February 17, 2006
"Each month we do a bold adventure," says JPL Director Charles Elachi.JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium. "What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation.
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By Angela Hokanson | November 10, 2007
Practicing space walks in a giant swimming pool and taking rides on an aircraft that re-creates the zero-gravity conditions of space travel are some of the perks of being an astronaut that NASA hopes will attract participants in its Explorer Schools program to careers in science and technology. Christopher Cassidy, an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, talked to students Friday at Roosevelt Middle School about the work he does as an astronaut. It was the kickoff event for Roosevelt’s participation in the NASA Explorer Schools program.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 10, 2011
A $50-million budget cut for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge likely won't be enough to spur another round of mass layoffs, a legislative affairs official for the agency said. Despite massive federal deficits that have put support for space exploration and other science programs in jeopardy, JPL's budget will remain relatively stable at $1.5 billion for the coming year. Even with the $50-million hit, the venerable laboratory will likely be able to avoid “another large change in workforce,” said Richard O'Toole, manager of legislative affairs.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 10, 2013
President Obama's budget proposal, unveiled on Wednesday, would cut funding for planetary exploration at NASA by roughly $200 million, although it still funds several high profile missions being planned out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. The proposed budget includes $1.2 billion for NASA's planetary science division, down from the $1.4 billion in its 2013 budget. The division is especially important to JPL because it includes locally developed missions such as the Curiosity rover project and a planned mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa.
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April 3, 2004
Robert Chacon The planets were in perfect alignment for a program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory that allowed students from Glendale Community College to work alongside world-renowned scientists for a semester. While the number of projects -- some involving space exploration, the climate and robotics -- added to the amount of data JPL scientists had to study, GCC was close to opening its new science center. Officials from both campuses thought they could be of mutual help.
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April 7, 2000
GLENDALE -- Educators, civic leaders and members of the Glendale business community learned more about the future of space exploration Thursday from an expert on the subject. Edward Stone, director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory addressed about 300 people during the annual Glendale College Foundation Business luncheon. The luncheon was sponsored by Glendale Partners, a business organization that assists the foundation in raising money for new Glendale Community College facilities and programs like the Cimmarusti Science Center.
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April 9, 2004
It is a fascinating experience to run for Congress. I thank the hundreds of campaign donors and volunteers. Although I have seen to it that every donor and volunteer received a signed letter of thanks, I thought that I would extend a public thank you as well. I would also like to thank the thousands of voters who cast their votes for me. It is a most humbling experience. I will continue to speak on the issues throughout the district. As many of you know, the 26th Congressional District is a rather large and diverse area.
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February 9, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) today announced his opposition to any budget cuts at NASA that would threaten the agency's planetary science programs, including missions to Jupiter's icy moon and Mars. In a statement, Schiff said he met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today to express his concerns over reports of massive funding cuts in the space agency's 2013 budget proposal, which is scheduled to be released on Monday. There have been reports that the Obama Administration may cut $300-million from NASA's budget, primarily impacting deep space missions.
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March 19, 2004
Dr. William H. Pickering, a central figure in the U.S. space race and former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1954 to 1976, has died. Pickering-known affectionately as "Mr. JPL" and an original "Rocket Man," and one of few public figures to appear twice on the cover of "Time" magazine-passed away Monday of pneumonia at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. He was 93. "Dr. Pickering was one of the titans of our nation's space program," said Dr. Charles Elachi, the current director of JPL. "It was his leadership that took America into space and opened up the moon and planets to the world."
THE818NOW
November 8, 2011
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) was featured on the NPR program "All Things Considered" Tuesday morning making an impassioned plea for a specialized type of plutonium used for space exploration. The isotope, plutonium-238, is the main fuel for spacecrafts in the inky, cold vacuum of space. The United States, however, hasn't produce any of the stuff for decades. Restrarting the program is expensive, and no one wants to be stuck with the bill. From the piece :  The price to restart production is expected to be $75 million to $90 million over five years.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 10, 2013
President Obama's budget proposal, unveiled on Wednesday, would cut funding for planetary exploration at NASA by roughly $200 million, although it still funds several high profile missions being planned out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. The proposed budget includes $1.2 billion for NASA's planetary science division, down from the $1.4 billion in its 2013 budget. The division is especially important to JPL because it includes locally developed missions such as the Curiosity rover project and a planned mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa.
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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.
NEWS
February 9, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) today announced his opposition to any budget cuts at NASA that would threaten the agency's planetary science programs, including missions to Jupiter's icy moon and Mars. In a statement, Schiff said he met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today to express his concerns over reports of massive funding cuts in the space agency's 2013 budget proposal, which is scheduled to be released on Monday. There have been reports that the Obama Administration may cut $300-million from NASA's budget, primarily impacting deep space missions.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 10, 2011
A $50-million budget cut for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge likely won't be enough to spur another round of mass layoffs, a legislative affairs official for the agency said. Despite massive federal deficits that have put support for space exploration and other science programs in jeopardy, JPL's budget will remain relatively stable at $1.5 billion for the coming year. Even with the $50-million hit, the venerable laboratory will likely be able to avoid “another large change in workforce,” said Richard O'Toole, manager of legislative affairs.
THE818NOW
November 8, 2011
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) was featured on the NPR program "All Things Considered" Tuesday morning making an impassioned plea for a specialized type of plutonium used for space exploration. The isotope, plutonium-238, is the main fuel for spacecrafts in the inky, cold vacuum of space. The United States, however, hasn't produce any of the stuff for decades. Restrarting the program is expensive, and no one wants to be stuck with the bill. From the piece :  The price to restart production is expected to be $75 million to $90 million over five years.
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By Sara Cardine | February 13, 2010
On any given night, youths at the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, can look up and see the moon and stars, but that’s as close as most will ever come to understanding the universe and its scientific wonders. Many of them have never been to school, let alone learned about the planets or space exploration. So when Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited the orphanage in January, he took the universe to them. Younse set off Dec. 30 on a three-week African excursion, which included a climb to the frigid peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a four-day safari in the Serengeti and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar.
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By Zain Shauk | November 20, 2008
Students were crowded around a table, fixated on a set of objects that had once been on the surface of the moon. Two samples of rocks and meteorite particles were on display as part of Roosevelt Middle School’s NASA night Wednesday, which gave students a chance to participate in a variety of space-related science activities, including rocket assembly, space suit design, flight simulation, a planetarium game and lunar rock viewing. “It’s cool,” 12-year-old Christian Pacificador said while looking at the lunar rocks, which were being presented by David Seidel, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory.
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By Angela Hokanson | November 10, 2007
Practicing space walks in a giant swimming pool and taking rides on an aircraft that re-creates the zero-gravity conditions of space travel are some of the perks of being an astronaut that NASA hopes will attract participants in its Explorer Schools program to careers in science and technology. Christopher Cassidy, an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, talked to students Friday at Roosevelt Middle School about the work he does as an astronaut. It was the kickoff event for Roosevelt’s participation in the NASA Explorer Schools program.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 20, 2007
Several JPL projects got a vote of confidence recently from the House Appropriation Committee when it passed a bill that included funding for projects managed by the La Cañada facility. "It is no secret that we have in our region one of the world's premier science institutes," Congressman Adam Schiff said of his continued support of JPL. Schiff was recently appointed to serve on the House Appropriation Committee. The bill's total funding is $1.6 billion to $1.65 billion with $1.5 billion coming from the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, which Schiff is a member.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 17, 2006
"Each month we do a bold adventure," says JPL Director Charles Elachi.JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium. "What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation.
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