Rendering of the New Horizons Spacecraft, orbiting an asteroid
2021-04-16

New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

Now 50 times as far from the Sun as Earth, history-making Pluto explorer New Horizons photographs Voyager 1's location from the Kuiper Belt.
Panoramic image from Parker Solar Probe of inner planets, Milky Way and Venus dust ring
2021-04-15

Parker Solar Probe Captures First Complete View of Venus Orbital Dust Ring

The Johns Hopkins APL-operated Parker Solar Probe captured the first complete view of Venus’s dust ring, a band of particles that stretches for the entirety of the planet’s path around the Sun. The new observation opens a window to understanding how dust is captured and redistributed throughout the solar system.
Illustration of Europa Clipper with Europa and Jupiter in background
2021-04-08

Europa Clipper Builds Hardware, Moves Toward Assembly

NASA’s Europa Clipper mission has passed a significant milestone, completing its Critical Design Review. Being developed by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the mission can now start to assemble and test the spacecraft and its payload of sophisticated science instruments.
Image of James Webb Space Telescope mirrors
2021-04-07

Johns Hopkins APL Researchers Primed to Tap New Space Telescope's Potential

A dozen proposals submitted by researchers at APL have been selected for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s first year of operation, observing everything from asteroids in our solar system to exoplanets around the Milky Way galaxy.
Artist's impression of a spacecraft crossing in front of shadowed Mars
2021-03-18

Johns Hopkins APL Technology Helps Mars Mission Phone Home

The Emirates Mars Mission, also known as “Hope,” stays connected to its operators on Earth using a novel radio provided by APL.
Scene from space of the Sun rising over Earth's horizon
2021-03-17

A New Conceptual Mission Proposes to Study Earth Like an Exoplanet

A new conceptual mission developed by Johns Hopkins APL researchers proposes to send a small spacecraft to view Earth as if it were a potentially habitable exoplanet, helping validate whether the methods currently used to look for habitable worlds can even detect life on the one planet where we know it exists.
Illustration of astronauts digging on the Moon
2021-03-12

NASA Extends Johns Hopkins APL Leadership of Lunar Innovation Initiative

NASA has tapped APL to continue supporting the agency’s Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative, which aims to spur the development and deployment of technologies enabling humans to live and work on the Moon.
Black-and-white image of Venus with stars and streaks of light crossing in front of it
2021-02-25

Parker Solar Probe Offers Stunning View of Venus

During Parker Solar Probe’s third Venus flyby, the camera aboard the Johns Hopkins APL-built spacecraft captured a striking — and surprising — image of the planet’s nightside.
High-resolution mosaic image of Mars, entire planet
2021-02-18

Perseverance Mission Highlights CRISM’s Continued Contributions to Martian Science

Perseverance is the most advanced Mars rover yet, strategically dispatched to a spot teeming with indicators of long-gone liquid water and, possibly, fossilized Martian life. Data from the Johns Hopkins APL-built CRISM imaging spectrometer factored into NASA’s selection of the Perseverance landing site.