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August 23 - September 22, Winning PostDoc Posters on Display

August 17th, 2017

Congratulations to all participants of the 2017 Postdoc Research Day for a successful poster session! The posters summarizes the exciting research being conducted by postdocs at JPL. Five posters were selected by a panel of judges as the best in their respective subject categories.  These posters are now on display at the Hub at the BEACON Information Commons until September 22, 2017, the week of National Post Doc Week!

August 21, 9:00-11:00, Solar Eclipse on NASA TV at Hub

August 17th, 2017

JPL Library will show NASA TV’s coverage of the total solar eclipse at the Hub (111-104) on Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00 am.

NASA TV will cover the eclipse with a pre-show starting at 9 a.m. PDT, followed by the main program at 10 a.m. The broadcast will follow the path of the eclipse from Oregon to South Carolina with views from jet aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and solar telescopes, and will include live reports from locations in the path of totality, including Salem, Ore.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Neb.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Carbondale, Ill.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and Charleston, S.C.

Come watch this phenomenon event with your colleagues at the Hub.

August 2, 12:00-1:00, Summer Movie: "Explorer One" (repeat)

July 10th, 2017

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On August 2, we are showing “Explorer One” again for those who may have missed it earlier this Summer.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.

July 26, 12:00-1:30, Summer Movie: "The American Rocketeer" (Repeat)

July 10th, 2017

For those who missed the showing of the first episode in the series “The Beginning of Space Age” earlier this Summer, JPL Library and Archives is showing it again on Wednesday, July 26.

The American Rocketeer

This video tells the little-known and controversial story of Frank Malina, how one man’s dreams and idealism changed his life, Caltech, and the nation.

Today, space probes designed, built and managed within earshot of the first rocket firing on a desolate Southern California canyon wash have reached every planet in our solar system and peered well beyond its boundaries. Each probe carries on it the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But more importantly, each probe carries with it the legacy of scientific and engineering excellence that began some three-quarters of a century ago in an isolated, scrub-strewn gulch northeast of Los Angeles.

On Halloween day in 1936, Malina led a ragtag group of amateur rocket enthusiasts to the Arroyo Seco, where they conducted their first stand-up rocket engine test that would lay the groundwork for the Lab’s founding. Malina’s personal letters, drawings and paintings reveal an extraordinary story of how JPL came to be. Though many other fascinating characters populate “The American Rocketeer,” at its core the film is a personal story of one man’s dream – and how his ideas and idealism put him on a collision course with the world.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.