Tom Prince
Caltech to create space studies institute

Caltech has received an eight-year, $24-million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to establish a space studies institute dedicated to developing a new generation of space missions and research. The W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies will consider such sweeping questions as how the universe began, its ultimate fate and the likelihood that life exists elsewhere in the cosmos, Caltech said Tuesday. Each year, the institute will adopt one or more of these themes and explore them through symposiums, in-depth research and the development of new technologies for future space missions in conjunction with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which the university manages for NASA. "Over the...