Tuesday, January 19



This short film from Graphic Films Corp. shows viewers some the projects that the teams of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of Caltech is working on with NASA to further U.S. space exploration. The film opens with various shots of buildings, offices, and devices in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Caltech. Men sit at computer monitors working on rocket propulsion (01:15). Inside a JPL hanger, a chamber opens and reveals a satellite (01:47). The Explorer I satellite orbits the earth. A Surveyor probe touches down on the moon’s surface. A Mariner spacecraft travels in space, part of the Mariner program to investigate Mars, Venus, and Mercury (02:42). Viewers see some of the photographs from the spacecraft, including a mapping of mars. A Viking satellite orbits Mars (03:26); the films shows a close-up photograph of Mars’ surface. The film shows several illustrations (and basic animations) of the Voyager spacecrafts photographing Jupiter and Saturn. An antennae dish sits at JBL (05:18). Men and women walk in and out of a JPL building or lounge around the courtyard at Caltech. A driverless cart transports people on campus. An electric-powered prototype car drives in a parking lot (06:44). Men convert coal into a substance that is sprayed continuously into steam boilers. A man operates the controls to telemanipulate a robotic arm. Another man operates a NASA robotic arm remotely (08:22). A robot turns and picks up a rock from the ground (08:55). A man operates a solar panel. Men apply mirrors on a large satellite dish. A man fires up a laser (10:53). The film shows other shots of lasers in a laboratory. Viewers see photographs of Earth that used lasers and radar to capture the image. A space shuttle sits with its Shuttle bay open (12:07). Two men work on designing a voice-controlled system to operate a boom for spacecraft maintenance. Animation depicts the spacecraft Galileo that is slated to orbit Jupiter and send a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere (13:07). There is a shot of a telescope that can photograph space with more light and color than the human eye can capture. A man at JPL looks at a sensitive electronic camera that is being designed for the telescope planned for space launch in 1985 (14:53).

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States, though it is often referred to as residing in Pasadena, California, because it has a Pasadena ZIP Code. Founded in the 1930s, the JPL is currently owned by NASA and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA. The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network. Among the laboratory’s major active projects are the Mars Science Laboratory mission (which includes the Curiosity rover), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter, the NuSTARX-ray telescope, the SMAP satellite for earth surface soil moisture monitoring, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is also responsible for managing the JPL Small-Body Database, and provides physical data and lists of publications for all known small Solar System bodies. The JPL’s Space Flight Operations Facility and Twenty-Five-Foot Space Simulator are designated National Historic Landmarks.

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