From the early sounding rocket days to the discovery of the radiation belts, from the launching of some of the nation's first spacecraft to the first landing on an asteroid, APL has made extensive contributions to our nation's space program.
Ralph Lorenz, a planetary scientist and aerospace engineer from APL, has received an Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award for his book chronicling the history of planetary climate research.
Scientists have studied the solar wind for more than 60 years, but they’re still puzzled over some of its behaviors. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — designed and built by APL — hears the small chirps, squeaks and rustles that hint at the origin of this mysterious and ever-present wind. And now the Parker Solar Probe team is getting their first chance to hear them, too.