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08/04/1999

Caltech joins effort to extend capabilities of major observatories

Sue McHugh
The California Institute of Technology will participate in a multi-institutional effort, funded by the National Science Foundation, to advance the field of adaptive optics, which promises to revolutionize astronomy.
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06/30/1999

Many life-bearing planets could exist in interstellar space, according to Caltech planetary science professor

Long ago in a solar system not at all far away, there could have existed about five to 10 Earth-like planets in Jupiter-crossing orbits.
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06/03/1999

Lack of Energy Makes Life on Europa Unlikely, Caltech Study Concludes

Robert Tindol
A new study conducted by California Institute of Technology and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists shows that the Europan ocean is unlikely to harbor any life form more complex than single-celled organisms—and maybe not even that.
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05/28/1999

Mars Global Surveyor's triumphs follow recovery from ill-fated earlier mission

Robert Tindol

Arden Albee is often asked how it felt to lose the Mars Observer.

05/20/1999

Aeronautics researchers generate cracks that move as fast as the speed of sound, and resemble certain earthquake shear ruptures

Robert Tindol

New work from California Institute of Technology researchers shows that a certain type of crack can exceed the shear wave speed through the material, creating a sort of "sonic boom," and can almost reach sound speed.

03/17/1999

Earth's water probably didn't come from comets, Caltech researchers say

Robert Tindol
A new Caltech study of comet Hale-Bopp suggests that comets did not give Earth its water, buttressing other recent studies but contrary to the longstanding belief of many planetary scientists.
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01/14/1999

SCE Joins Caltech in Seismic Program to Improve Quake Response

Sonia Chernobieff

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 15, 1999—On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating Northridge earthquake, Southern California Edison and the California Institute of Technology today announced the utility's participation in a state-of-the-art seismic measuring network that will expedite power restoration and emergency response after a major temblor in the southland.

12/08/1998

Anderson wins National Medal of Science

Don L. Anderson, a professor of geophysics at the California Institute of Technology, has been named a 1998 recipient of the National Medal of Science. The announcement was made at 2:45 p.m. EST today (December 8, 1998) at the White House by President Clinton.