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JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration
JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration

Alberto Enrique Behar dedicated his career to the idea that there was no place too hot, too cold or too remote for science. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arizona State University, he developed robotic instruments that investigated Antarctic lakes, the deep ocean and volcanoes and helped determine there was once water on the surface of Mars. “Not just going there and visiting and coming back and saying, ‘I did it,’” said ASU colleague Jim Bell. “But going there and trying to do groundbreaking scientific discovery.” Behar, 47, died Friday when the small plane he was flying crashed shortly after takeoff from Van Nuys Airport.  The...

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