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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We are humanity’s leading center for exploring where humans cannot yet reach. Our spacecraft have flown to every planet and the Sun in a quest to understand our place in the universe, and to search for the possibility of life beyond Earth. Our missions honor the relentless pursuit of the explorer: Voyager, Curiosity, Cassini, Galileo. It was a JPL camera at the edge of the solar system that looked back at our own planet, capturing a pale blue dot in the darkness. Explorer I was our first spacecraft, and its success in 1958 lifted America into the Space Age and led to the formation of NASA. We observe our home planet with missions to study our climate and assist in disaster recovery. We discover distant worlds with telescopes such as Hubble, for which JPL designed ingenious corrective optics. The giant antenna dishes of our Deep Space Network capture signals from nearly all spacecraft launched by the world into outer space. Technology invented at JPL benefits all of us. We talk and swap data wirelessly because JPL scientists learned to send messages digitally across millions of miles. Techniques and camera sensors used widely to process signals and images were born here. JPL is a federally-funded research and development center managed by Caltech for NASA. We are your space program.

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