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11/19/2012

One Metal Scoop, Slightly Used

Douglas Smith
On November 20, 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean paid a visit to JPL's Surveyor 3, which had landed on the moon two and a half years earlier.
11/06/2012

How I Landed on Mars

Shayna Chabner McKinney
As one of five Caltech graduate students currently staffing the Mars Science Laboratory mission, Katie Stack is simultaneously exploring the geologic pasts of both Mars and Earth.
10/17/2012

Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

Andrew Allan
Get ready to drop, cover, and hold on! On Thursday, October 18, Caltech will once again participate in the Great California ShakeOut, the annual statewide earthquake-preparedness drill. Caltech students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to join the more than 8 million Californians who will have the opportunity to practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake.
10/16/2012

Cassini Turns 15

Douglas Smith
Fifteen years after its launch, the Cassini mission to Saturn continues to give us a close-up, long-term view of the ringed planet and its astonishingly diverse collection of moons. Here are some of the highlights so far.
10/14/2012

Planetary Weatherman: An Interview with Andrew Ingersoll

Shayna Chabner McKinney
Andrew Ingersoll's research has included studies of the so-called runaway greenhouse effect that is thought to have boiled away Venus's oceans, the presence of liquid water on Mars, and the atmospheric dynamics of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
10/03/2012

Caltech Again Named World's Top University in Times Higher Education Global Ranking

Kathy Svitil
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities.
09/27/2012

Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed

Kimm Fesenmaier
An ankle- or hip-deep stream once flowed with force across the surface of Mars in the very spot where the Curiosity rover is currently exploring. The finding provides new information about a once wet environment in Gale Crater.
09/25/2012

Two Caltech Researchers Receive NIH Director's Awards

Katie Neith
Two members of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) faculty have been given National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Awards. The awards are administered through the NIH's Common Fund, which provides support for research deemed to be both innovative and risky.
09/12/2012

Martian Clay Minerals Might Have Much Hotter Origin

Kimm Fesenmaier

Several hypotheses have been proposed to explan how clay minerals detected on the surface of Mars were formed. Now, publishing in the journal Nature Geoscience, a team of French and American scientists including Caltech's Bethany Ehlmann, has suggested a new possibility. The Los Angeles Times recently spoke to Ehlmann about the paper and its implications.

08/14/2012

Geologists in the Field

Marcus Woo

Sometimes risking life and limb, Caltech field geologists travel to some of the most remote corners of the globe—all in the name of science