Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Founded by Caltech faculty, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of Caltech and is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. Working together, Caltech's and JPL's innovative researchers and technicians are shedding new light on our solar system's origins and are building knowledge not only of distant planetary environments, but of Earth and its atmosphere as well. JPL is currently responsible for conducting missions with more than two dozen spacecraft.
Caltech and JPL have engaged in more than 200 funded collaborations and joint appointments of faculty, lecturers, and visitors. Students and faculty also are involved in space exploration through five NASA facilities at Caltech:
- The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
- The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI)
- The Spitzer Space Telescope
- The NASA Herschel Space Observatory
- The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)