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.
What will happen after NASA’s DART spacecraft finally collides with its target asteroid? With myriad potential outcomes, and little known about the asteroid, the answer seems almost impossible to determine. Yet modelers from Johns Hopkins APL are slowly narrowing the range of possibilities, and providing the tools that will be needed to defend Earth from a cataclysmic impact.
Funded by NASA, Space Exploration Sector researchers are working on an instrument that will enable scientists to track and source air pollutants with unprecedented detail — an especially valuable tool as the unanticipated air-quality experiment of COVID-19 lockdowns gradually ends.