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Read the latest news and discoveries from JPL’s dozens of active space missions exploring Earth, the solar system and worlds beyond.

Tech Today: Folding NASA Experience into an Origami Toolkit 
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Math for designing lasers becomes artist’s key to creating complex crease patterns

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Media Get Close-Up of NASA’s Jupiter-Bound Europa Clipper
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Excitement is mounting as the largest spacecraft NASA has ever built for a planetary mission gets readied for an October launch. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California are running final tests and preparing the agency’s Europa Clipper…

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Announces 3 Personnel Appointments
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The staff changes tap into a deep well of talent and experience across JPL as the laboratory looks to the future. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is pleased to announce three key staff appointments, naming Keyur Patel the associate director for…

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NASA’s NEOWISE Extends Legacy With Decade of Near-Earth Object Data
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As the infrared space telescope continues its long-duration survey of the universe, it is creating a unique resource for future astronomers to make new discoveries. NASA’s NEOWISE mission has released its 10th year of infrared data – the latest in…

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Rock Sampled by NASA’s Perseverance Embodies Why Rover Came to Mars
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The 24th sample taken by the six-wheeled scientist offers new clues about Jezero Crater and the lake it may have once held. Analysis by instruments aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover indicate that the latest rock core taken by the rover…

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How NASA Spotted El Niño Changing the Saltiness of Coastal Waters
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New findings have revealed a coastal realm highly sensitive to changes in runoff and rainfall on land. After helping stoke record heat in 2023 and drenching major swaths of the United States this winter, the current El Niño is losing…

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NASA’s Europa Clipper Survives and Thrives in ‘Outer Space’ on Earth
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A gantlet of tests prepared the spacecraft for its challenging trip to the Jupiter system, where it will explore the icy moon Europa and its subsurface ocean. In less than six months, NASA is set to launch Europa Clipper on…

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NASA Analysis Sees Spike in 2023 Global Sea Level Due to El Niño
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A long-term sea level dataset shows ocean surface heights continuing to rise at faster and faster rates over decades of observations. Global average sea level rose by about 0.3 inches (0.76 centimeters) from 2022 to 2023, a relatively large jump…

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US, Germany Partnering on Mission to Track Earth’s Water Movement
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The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment-Continuity mission will extend a decades-long record of following shifting water masses using gravity measurements. NASA and the German Space Agency at DLR (German Aerospace Center) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a…

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NASA Study: Asteroid’s Orbit, Shape Changed After DART Impact
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After NASA’s historic Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a JPL-led study has shown that the shape of asteroid Dimorphos has changed and its orbit has shrunk. When NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) deliberately smashed into a 560-foot-wide (170-meter-wide) asteroid on…

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