Earth has a non-threatening small orbiting asteroid

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It was recently discovered that a small asteroid has been in a stable orbit around Earth for at least a decade. The nature of its orbit “prevents the asteroid from approaching much closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon.”.

Source: JPL via Slashdot news

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OCO-2 scientists @ JPL find patterns in Carbon Dioxide concentrations

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On October 29, 2015 JPL announced that scientists have found patterns in the carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere. What is most interesting is tha

“…OCO-2 scientists are now beginning to study the net sources of carbon dioxide as well as their “sinks””

 

Another interesting video is this supercomputer model of CO2 levels in Earth’s atmosphere for a whole year (2006):

Full story @ JPL: Excitement Grows as NASA Carbon Sleuth Begins Year Two

Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 mission page

Charles Elachi, director of JPL of Lebanese origins to retire in June 2016

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On October 28, 2015, Charles Elachi, the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of Lebanese origins, announced his intent to retire by June 2016 to become a professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

The following video includes Elachi’s announcement as well as an amazing summary of 15 years worth ofachievements at JPL & NASA

Full story @ JPL NASA

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During Elachi’s visit to Lebanon in May 2006.