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JPL & NASA

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) field center located in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The facility is situated in the Arroyo Seco of Los Angeles County and straddles the city boundaries of La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena. JPL is managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA. The Laboratory’s primary function is the design, fabrication, and operation of robotic spacecraft for planetary, Earth, and astrophysics and astronomy missions. JPL is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network.

JPL has numerous spacecraft and instruments conducting active missions. All of these are part of NASA’s program of exploration of Earth and space with plans to send robots and humans to explore the moon, Mars, and beyond. While carrying out these exploration missions, JPL also conducts a number of space technology demonstrations in support of national security and develops technologies for uses on Earth in fields from public safety to medicine, capitalizing on NASA's investment in space technology.

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Last updated July 23, 2013