Science

The Civil Space Mission Area is driven by research, both basic and applied, in a variety of fields. The academic quality of our science investigations is demonstrated in many different fields of interest to NASA that fall into several broad categories: Earth's environs, atmosphere, and aeronomy; space physics, magnetospheres, and the influences of the Sun; and the planetary systems and small bodies in our solar system. All of these research interests are supported by a robust instrument development program as well as software and data processing techniques. APL instruments range from the first hyperspectral imager in space to designs for sample-return technologies.

Planetary   Earth   Heliophysics

Planetary

JHU/APL has emerged as a leading planetary science research center. Its almost 40 scientists study all aspects of solar system bodies, and work on a mixture of mutually complementary mission and research activities. The group resides within the more than 700+ strong Space Exploration Sector at APL. The Sector has the capability to implement a mission from initial conception through design, fabrication, launch, mission and science operations, data analysis and scientific research.

Earth

APL is actively conducting cutting edge research in the Earth sciences. Our major thrust areas on in remote sensing of vegetation using plant fluorescence to monitor plant health; use of Synthetic Aperture Radar data to monitor ocean winds; to measure cloud properties and weather imagery using affordable remote sensing solutions; and the study of climate change based on the development of novel techniques to monitor the Total Outgoing Radiation at the top of the atmosphere. Our research and collaborations in this area address a critical challenge as we seek to characterize the processes and our ever changing environment.

Heliophysics

JHU/APL is a leading heliophysics research center. Its almost 60 scientists study all aspects of heliophysics and work on a mixture of mutually complementary mission and research activities. The group resides within the more than 700-strong Space Exploration Sector at APL. The Sector has the capability to implement a mission from initial conception through design, fabrication, launch, operations, and data analysis.

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