Pasadena’s JPL sends rover to fetch evidence of life on Mars

A booming sound erupts through Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force space station. With a massive cloud of smoke and a blazing fire roaring behind it, the Atlas V-541 catapulted towards space, carrying the rover family’s newest member, Perseverance. The rover has everything it needs to answer the age-old question, is there life on Mars? “It’s like punching a hole in the sky,” said NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen.

50,000 descend on JPL for annual open house

If you look through the “Eyes on Exoplanets” software invented and provided for free by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, you’ll discover that not only is our planet just a speck—a “pale blue dot” in a sea of galaxies, each with thousands of stars of their own, each star with usually at least one planet orbiting around it—but that the already unimaginable expanse of the universe is actually still growing, and growing faster and faster apart.

JPL systems engineer piques curiosity about Mars

Is there life on Mars? Many scientists dedicate their life to finding out whether the Red Planet was capable of sustaining life and any possibilities for new life to begin. Planetary geologist and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) systems engineer Dr. Sarah Milkovich spoke at the “Mars Science Laboratory: The Curiosity Rover Years 1 & 2” lecture in the UU forum Friday night. In the lecture, Milkovich discussed highlights of the mission so far, which hopes to assess the possibility of Martian life by looking at …