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"Discovery AND Validation OF Kepler-452b" From The Astronomical Journal

One of the hottest news in late July is NASA’s announcement of the discovery of an earth-like planet, Kepler 425b.  Hundreds of news articles have been written and published, from CNN to Scientific American, to NPR. Here is the link to the original, peer-reviewed paper from The Astronomical Journal:


The Astronomical Journal, vol 150, no.2, August 2015

Related dates:  Received 2015 March 3, accepted for publication 2015 May 23

Published 2015 July 23 in the August 2015 issue


Journals in Environmental Sciences and Ecology

With JPL Library’s new addition of the ProQuest Natural Science Collection, we have access to the full text of many more journals in environmental sciences and ecology.  Here is a list of journals from various publishers.

According to Web of Knowledge, the following journals all have impact factors over 10! This means that, on average, each article published in these journals have been cited more than 10 times within two years of publication.

The following journals also have impact factors between 2 and 10, and they are all available via JPL Library’s subscriptions:

All of the full text journals need to be accessed within the JPL network.  When you are at home or off-site, be sure to use Browser Remote Access (RAS) to tap into JPL network first.  You can set up Table-of-Contents alerts for any of the journals from the publishers’ web sites.  Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk (ext 4-4200 or for assistance or comments regarding any library services or resources.


AGU Books are Online Now!

For over 85 years, American Geophysical Union has published books that are relevant to the professional needs of working scientists and to the larger Earth and space science community.  JPL Library is happy to announce that we have purchased the electronic book collection from AGU for our scientists and all JPLers. This collection contains more than 600 books published from mid-twentieth century to 2014.

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20 Ebooks for Backyard Astronomers

From JPL Library’s ebook collection on astronomy and physics, there are several books aimed at the general public.  These books will make your star-gazing more informative and  interesting, whether you are in your backyard or at one of the national or state parks.  You can download these books from within the JPL Network, then put them on your mobile device.

  1. 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die
  2. Amateur Telescope Making in the Internet Age: Finding Parts, Getting Help, and More
  3. Astronomical Cybersketching
  4. Choosing and Using a Refracting Telescope
  5. The Cosmic Keyhole: : How astronomy is unlocking the secrets of the universe.
  6. Deep-Sky Video Astronomy
  7. Go-To Telescopes Under Suburban Skies
  8. How to Photograph the Moon and Planets with Your Digital Camera
  9. Hunting and Imaging Comets
  10. Make Time for the Stars: Fitting Astronomy into Your Busy Life
  11. The Moon in Close-up: A Next Generation Astronomer’s Guide
  12. Mythology of the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to the Ancient Greek and Roman Legends
  13. The Power of Stars
  14. The Rainbow Sky: An Exploration of Colors in the Solar System and Beyond
  15. The Science and Art of Using Telescopes
  16. The Sky at Night
  17. Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks.
  18. The Sun Recorded Through History
  19. Viewing the Constellations with Binoculars: 250+ Wonderful Sky Objects to See and Explore
  20. Weird Astronomy

JPL Library’s license with the publishers allows for individual downlaod, but not redistribution. If you want to recommend certain books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their own copy. If you are interested in finding more ebooks on this or any other topics, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext. 4-4200 or email

July 29, 2:00-2:45, 3D Printing, Interns, and Innovation

The 3-D printers at the Hub have been buzzing this Summer, several interns have been using them extensively. The finished products range from curious to amazing. Mary Bessell with the Planetary Surface Instruments Group, and Juliana Martinez with IT Technology and Innovation Group will present what they have been exploring with the technology and what they have accomplished. Others are welcome to join in the conversation.

This session will be held on the South side of the Hub (111-104), in front of the 3D printers.

July 28, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: The Stuff of Dreams

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s Director for Communications and Education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

July 22, 4:00-5:00 PM, JPL Stories: Larry James

JPL Stories Presents:

The Early Days of GPS: My Time as a Shuttle Payload Specialist


Presented by: Larry James, JPL Deputy Director

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:00-5:00 PM

@ the HUB, Building 111-104


GPS (Global Positioning System) is now an indispensable worldwide utility. However, the early days of GPS were both technically and politically challenging. Larry was selected as the Air Force Shuttle Payload Specialist to fly with the first operational GPS satellite. Come hear about the growth of GPS, the Payload Specialist program, and the impact the Challenger disaster had on the overall program.


The JPL Stories program, sponsored by the Library, Archives, and Records Section, celebrates the Lab’s unique environment and history, and provides an informal way for JPLers to share their stories with each other. For more information about the JPL Stories series, if you have a JPL story to tell, or if you have suggestions for future stories, contact Teresa Bailey, x49233.


July 21, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 21st at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email, or leave a comment here.