Feb 9, 2022
Visions of Venus: Parker Solar Probe Captures Its First Images of Venus' Surface in Visible LightNASA’s Parker Solar Probe has captured a series of visible light images of Venus, and this data from the Johns Hopkins APL-built spacecraft is adding to scientists’ understanding of the planet likened as Earth’s twin.
Feb 8, 2022
New Analysis Points to Comets as Source of Near-Surface Ices at the Moon’s South PoleA new analysis examining elemental data from a NASA mission more than a decade ago pins down comets as the source of water ice and volatile elements near the Moon’s South Pole. The finding sheds light on another piece of the Earth-Moon system’s history and underscores the use of the Moon’s ices for revealing that story.
Feb 2, 2022
New NASA Mission Will Capture First Complete Views of Sun’s Massive ExplosionsA new NASA mission led by Johns Hopkins APL researcher and engineer James Mason will use specially developed imaging technology to capture the first complete images and video of some of the Sun’s most powerful explosions and unveil the physical mechanisms that drive them.
Jan 26, 2022
Prem, Mandt Tapped for Lunar Rover Science TeamTwo planetary scientists from Johns Hopkins APL’s Space Exploration Sector were selected to join NASA’s VIPER mission, the agency’s first-ever lunar rover that will explore the Moon’s south pole and investigate the water ice there.
Jan 26, 2022
Large-Scale Liquid Water Existed on Mars Much Longer Than SuspectedAn analysis of large salt deposits on Mars, led by Johns Hopkins APL researcher Ellen Leask, indicates that ponds of liquid water existed on the red planet for about a billion years longer than previously believed.
Jan 20, 2022
Johns Hopkins APL Names Robert D. Braun as Space Exploration Sector HeadRobert D. Braun has been announced as the next head of APL’s Space Exploration Sector. Braun has more than 30 years of experience as a space systems engineer, technologist and organizational leader. He will guide the efforts in both civilian space exploration as well as national security related space programs.
Jan 10, 2022
Johns Hopkins APL Team Delivers Critical Parts for Europa Clipper’s Mapping InstrumentA Johns Hopkins APL team recently completed work on an instrument that will be critical to determining the habitability of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons that’s most likely to harbor life.
Dec 22, 2021
With Its Single “Eye,” NASA’s DART Returns First Images From SpaceJust two weeks after liftoff, NASA’s DART spacecraft, which Johns Hopkins APL designed, built and manages, opened the door to its DRACO camera and returned its first star-filled images. The images will help researchers calibrate for DART’s ultimate goal of crashing into an asteroid.
Dec 7, 2021
TIMED Flies Past 20 Years of Exploring Earth’s Gateway to SpaceExactly 20 years ago today, NASA’s TIMED mission launched from the California coast on a journey to unveil new secrets about the upper climes of Earth’s atmosphere. Developed in part by Johns Hopkins APL, the mission’s unrivaled 20-year dataset has provided crucial insights about space weather, Earth’s climate and the evolution of planetary atmospheres.
Dec 1, 2021
The Space Weather Science and Observation Gap AnalysisAs humanity becomes more reliant on satellite technology for key aspects of society on Earth, space weather continues to play an increasingly important role in the success of our species. The recent gap analysis report led by Johns Hopkins APL researchers found that we can significantly improve our space weather prediction capabilities with current technology.
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