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Oct 15, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: International Cooperation with the Rosetta Mission

October 1st, 2014

Dr. Claudia Alexander, U.S. Rosetta Project Scientist, will speak Wednesday October 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.


With the Rosetta Mission, announced in 1995 and launched in 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) realized the culmination of decades of effort seeking to understand the primordial material that formed our solar system. Along the way, ESA courted the participation of NASA, and embarked upon a challenging proposition – to land a spacecraft on a comet. Come along on the journey, as Claudia presents some of the enormous challenges of the Rosetta Mission, and how the relationships with NASA served the mission as a whole over three decades.

Oct 1, 10:30-11:30, Web of Science Online Training

September 26th, 2014

There will be a free web-based training session for all NASA staff on the Web of Science database on October 1, 10:30-11:30 PDT.  Details for the webinar is listed below.  JPL staff has been using Web of Science for many years, but not the rest of NASA.  Web of Science is offering a free trial period for all NASA Centers from now until November 28, 2014, and the webinar is a part of the offering.

JPL subscription to Web of Science includes the “Core Collection” only; during the trial, additional databases such as BIOSIS, Data Citation Index are also available.  This would be a good opportunity to try some of the other databases.

Please send your comments regarding the training session, Web of Science, or any of the additional databases, to Library Reference Desk at; or you can leave a comment here.

++++++Webinar Detail++++++

Topic: NASA – Web of Science demo
Host: Tracy Matthews
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session number: 744 825 775
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Sep 24, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL

September 2nd, 2014

Larry Dumas, former JPL Deputy Director, will present “Charles Darwin and the Future of JPL”


As JPL looks toward the future, it may be helpful to consider how the Lab has evolved over the past 50 years. What were the environmental forces at work, and what were the attitudes and attributes that helped shape the Lab’s response? Are there lessons here for the future? Come hear Larry’s thoughts on these questions.

JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

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Sept 11-12, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

August 28th, 2014


The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for September 11th and 12th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  at the Hub on each day.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on programming languages, MS Office applications, sciences, engineering,and  business management.   The Exchange will be held on May 13th and 14th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.