Ladies and gentlemen, boot your robots!

Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., was the place to be late last month for an unusual two-day competition: the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. But if you went expecting high-octane cars zooming around the track at blazing speed, you might have been disappointed.

JPL to test new supersonic decelerator technology

A giant crane will tower above NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shooting out of a hilly mesa like an oversized erector set, ready to help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented "sky crane" landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in a crater on the red planet on Aug. 6, 2012 (Aug. 5, 2012, PDT).

A small computer vision lab on Mars

To avoid the delays associated with transferring data between Earth and Mars, NASA scientists have developed software that allows the rovers roaming Mars to analyze on the fly.The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA built a platform called Onboard Autonomous Science Investigation System (OASIS). OASIS allows the ...

NASA wants you to land Curiosity rover on Mars

NASA and Microsoft have coded an Xbox Live game that allows players to land  a virtual copy of the space agency’s Mars Curiosity rover on the red planet.

Hazardous asteroid on potential collision course with Earth

A dangerously large asteroid could hit the earth in 2182 - and it needs to be deflected by 2080 at the latest, according to a global research team.

Aftershock: Chilean quake shortened Earth days

A JPL research scientist has hypothesized that the recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile shortened the length of each Earth day by approximately 1.26 microseconds, or one millionth of a second.