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Cassini Begins Its Final Act: A Conversation with Charles Elachi

By photosearth / October 30, 2015

News Writer:  Ramanuj Basu Charles Elachi, Vice President; Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Caltech Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech In September, the NASA/JPL Cassini mission began the last two years of the Solstice Mission, the final stretch of its explorations of Saturn, its rings, and its moons—including the giant Titan, a […]

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Elachi to Retire as JPL Director

By photosearth / October 29, 2015

Charles Elachi, Vice President; Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Caltech Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Charles Elachi (MS ’69, PhD ’71) has announced his intention to retire as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on June 30, 2016, and move to campus as professor emeritus. A national search is […]

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Probing the Mysteries of Europa, Jupiter’s Cracked and Crinkled Moon

By photosearth / October 28, 2015

New research identifies possible sites of frozen, watery deposits. News Writer:  Rod Pyle The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute Jupiter’s moon Europa is believed to possess a large salty ocean beneath its icy exterior, and that ocean, scientists say, has […]

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California Wildfires Are Abrupt Climate Change, Ecological Collapse

By photosearth / October 25, 2015

California is collapsing ecologically It’s OK America, pop pills and watch TV. Don’t worry about abrupt climate change, environmental collapse, or perma-war blowback from your oil addiction. “California is a nice place to visit, but soon no one may be able to live there.” – Dr. Glen Barry   Only a couple centuries ago California […]

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Glacial Beauty in Patagonia, Argentina

By photosearth / October 17, 2015

Glacial Beauty At El Calafate, Patagonia Argentina © Copyright Douglas Scortegagna – Photography. From The Nature Conservancy El Calafate is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest of Río Gallegos. The name of the city […]