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Cassini’s Final Plunge

By photosearth / September 16, 2017

Crowds at JPL and Caltech watch as the Cassini spacecraft ends its 20-year mission with a dive into Saturn News Writer:  Robert Perkins With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute It ended with a bang and with a whisper. […]


The Massively Big Picture

By photosearth / September 1, 2017

Mark Simons is part of a movement to add precise and panoramic perspectives to previously limited geographic observations. Mark Simons The 2011 Japanese earthquake was a defining moment for Mark Simons. The devastating 9.0-magnitude quake and its subsequent tsunami, which took nearly 16,000 lives, spurred efforts around the globe that will shape how nations predict […]


How Friction Evolves During an Earthquake

By photosearth / August 16, 2017

By simulating quakes in a lab, engineers study the way that friction changes along a fault during a seismic event News Writer:  Robert Perkins The “seismological wind tunnel” at Caltech. The white square block in the center is a plastic known as homalite that acts as an analogue for rock. It contains a miniature fault […]


Key to Speeding Up Carbon Sequestration Discovered

By photosearth / July 17, 2017

Scientists at Caltech and USC identify how to encourage the chemical reaction by which carbon dioxide is locked away in the ocean News Writer:  Robert Perkins Scanning electron microscope image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that […]


NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

By photosearth / July 12, 2017

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Swallows EarthJuno Over Jupiter's South Pole (Illustration) Juno and the Great Red Spot (Illustration) This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft soaring over Jupiter's south pole. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Stony Brook University NASA’s Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit. […]


Exhibition may solve Franklins lost expedition

By photosearth / July 3, 2017

Map of the probable routes taken by HMS Erebus and HMS Terror during Franklin’s lost expedition. Legend Disko Bay (5) to Beechey Island (just off the southwest corner of Devon Island, to the east of 1), in 1845. Around Cornwallis Island (1), in 1845. Beechey Island down Peel Sound between Prince of Wales Island (2), […]


David Tirrell Named Caltech Provost

By photosearth / July 1, 2017

News Writer:  Shayna Chabner McKinney David Tirrell, Caltech's tenth provost Credit: Caltech David Tirrell, the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the director of the Beckman Institute, will become Caltech’s tenth provost, President Thomas F. Rosenbaum announced today. His appointment will take effect October 1, 2017. Tirrell, who will succeed […]


ASCIT and GSC Honor Excellence in Teaching

By photosearth / June 30, 2017

The annual awards celebrate outstanding professors and TAs Rob Phillips giving a Bi 1 lecture. Credit: Caltech The Associated Students of Caltech (ASCIT) and Caltech’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) on June 14 announced the honorees of their annual teaching awards, celebrating professors, TAs, and mentors for outstanding teaching in the 2016–17 academic year. Based on […]


NASA’s newest photo of Jupiter will blow your mind

By photosearth / June 28, 2017

Lately, NASA’s Cassini orbiter has been delivering some stunning photos from its trips around Saturn, but that’s not the only fancy camera floating around a nearby planet. The agency’s Juno spacecraft has been hanging out around Jupiter for nearly a year now, and it just delivered one of the most jaw-dropping glimpses of the gas […]

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