PL News – Month in Review NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, July 1, 2023

JPL News – Month in Review NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, July 1, 2023








ESA’s Euclid Mission Launches to Explore ‘Dark Universe’


NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Phones Home

The intrepid rotorcraft may head skyward again within the next couple of weeks. Read More


15 Years of Radio Data Reveals Evidence of Space-Time Murmur

Scientists have found evidence of a universal background of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time. Read More


NASA’s Roman and ESA’s Euclid Will Team Up to Investigate Dark Energy

The two missions will study this as-yet-unexplained phenomenon in complementary ways. Read More


NASA to Provide Coverage for Launch of ESA ‘Dark Universe’ Mission

The Euclid mission will focus on illuminating dark matter and dark energy. Read More


What’s Up – July 2023

Mars and Venus part company, Jupiter and Saturn continue to rule the late night, and it’s prime time for observing the bright core of the Milky Way.

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What’s Up: July 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA

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What are some skywatching highlights in July 2023? Mars and Venus start the month close together, but part ways and head lower as July goes on. Mars appears very near Regulus in Leo on the 9th and 10th. Saturn and Jupiter rule the night, along with bright star Fomalhaut. And July is prime time for viewing the Milky Way core from dark sky locations. 0:00 Intro 0:12 Mars & Venus in the evening 0:31 Mars close to Regulus 1:07 Saturn & Jupiter in the morning 1:49 Fomalhaut’s debris disk 2:38 Viewing the Milky Way 3:17 July Moon phases Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at….


Intro 0:00

Mars & Venus in the evening 0:12

Mars close to Regulus 0:31

Saturn & Jupiter in the morning 1:07

Fomalhaut’s debris disk 1:49

Viewing the Milky Way 2:38

July Moon phases 3:17


Landing in Living Rooms: LEGO Models of NASA Mars Rover and Helicopter

A new STEM-themed kit developed in cooperation with NASA-JPL is designed to spark kids’ interest in engineering and space via traditional toys and augmented reality. Read More


Webb Rules Out Thick Carbon Dioxide Atmosphere for Rocky Exoplanet

Researchers observed TRAPPIST-1 c on four occasions using the telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument. Read More


JPL Creates World’s Largest PDF Archive to Aid Malware Research

As part of DARPA’s SafeDocs program, JPL data scientists have amassed 8 million PDFs that can now be used for further study in order to make the internet more secure. Read More


NASA Cassini Data Reveals Building Block for Life in Enceladus’ Ocean

Phosphorus, a key chemical element for many biological processes, has been found in icy grains emitted by the small moon and is likely abundant in its subsurface ocean. Read More


NASA’s Juno Captures Lightning On Jupiter

In this view of a vortex near Jupiter’s north pole, NASA’s Juno mission observed the glow from a bolt of lightning.

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NASA’s Curiosity Captures Martian Morning, Afternoon in New ‘Postcard’

Lighting from two times of day was combined for a stunning view of terrain that the rover is leaving behind. Read More


Brightest Cosmic Explosion Ever Detected Had Other Unique Features

Observations by NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray telescope give astronomers new clues about the brightest and most energetic gamma-ray burst ever detected. Read More


Why – and How – NASA Gives a Name to Every Spot It Studies on Mars

Martian maps are full of monikers recognizing places on Earth, explorers, and even cartoon characters. Read More


US-German Satellites Show California Water Gains After Record Winter

Early data shows the greatest net gain of water over the winter in nearly 22 years, but the state’s groundwater levels still suffer from the effects of years of drought. Read More


Meet Mars Sample 1

Learn more about the rover’s first sample, “Roubion,” a planned rock core that unexpectedly became a sample of Mars atmosphere, highly valuable in its own right.

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Meet the Mars Samples: Roubion (Sample 1)

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Meet a Martian sample that has been collected and is awaiting return to Earth as part of the Mars Sample Return campaign. As of June 2023, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has collected and sealed 19 scientifically selected samples inside pristine tubes. The next stage is to get them back for study. Considered one of the highest priorities by the scientists in the Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032, Mars Sample Return would be the first mission to return samples from another planet and provides the best opportunity to reveal the early evolution of Mars, including the potential for ancient life. NASA is teaming with ESA (European Space Agency) on this important endeavor. Learn more about the rover’s first sample, “Roubion,” a planned rock core that unexpectedly became a sample of Mars atmosphere, highly valuable in its own right. Read about all the carefully selected samples: Learn more about the Mars Sample Return campaign: A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, as well as be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (broken rock and dust). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Review Board: NASA-JPL Psyche Progress Outstanding, Launch on Track

An independent review board finds JPL’s response to address factors contributing to the mission’s 2022 launch delay has been ‘world class.’ Read More


NASA Invites Public to Sign Poem That Will Fly Aboard Europa Clipper

Stenciled onto microchips, the names will join a poem written for the mission by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Read More

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