A blue and green aurora appearing over a body of water and a mountain range in the background
2021-09-15

NOAA Selects Johns Hopkins APL’s George Ho for Space Weather Advisory Group

George Ho, a space and planetary physicist at Johns Hopkins APL, was tapped by NOAA to serve on its new Space Weather Advisory Group. The board will counsel the federal government on mitigating and responding to the deleterious effects of space weather on the nation’s space assets and humanity.
Illustration of asteroid Psyche
2021-09-02

Psyche’s Gamma Ray and Neutron Detection Instrument Arrives in California for Spacecraft Installation

After five years of developing and testing a complex gamma-ray and neutron detection instrument for NASA’s Psyche mission, the world’s first mission to study a potentially metal-rich asteroid, the APL Psyche team can finally take a breather. The instrument safely arrived at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on Aug. 2.
Illustration of Earth with magnetic lines emerging from it and colors surrounding its sides that represent the Van Allen Belts
2021-08-31

The Van Allen Probes Transformed Everything We Know About Earth’s Radiation Belts. What’s Next?

Nine years after NASA’s Van Allen Probes launched into space to study the radiation environment around Earth, APL gathered scientists and satellite operators from around the world to discuss the future of space weather research, including ways to protect astronauts and satellites. Here are their four big takeaways.
Image of Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard on the Moon with equipment
2021-08-17

Johns Hopkins APL’s Parvathy Prem Honored for Early-Career Contributions to Space Exploration

The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute honored APL researcher Parvathy Prem with the Susan Mahan Niebur Early Career Award, recognizing her contributions to space science and exploration.
Image of interstellar space, with bright blue stars and smaller red and yellow ones
2021-08-17

IMAP Mission Advances to Next Development Stage

NASA has given Princeton University, Johns Hopkins APL and their many partner institutions the go-ahead to begin implementing the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), a mission to sample, analyze and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.
Rendering of the DART spacecraft behind two asteroids
2021-08-12

DART Gets Its Wings: Spacecraft Integrated with Innovative Solar Array Technology and Camera

The DART spacecraft’s recently installed Roll-Out Solar Arrays and DRACO imager are two critical technologies that will enable the spacecraft to navigate through space and effectively reach the Didymos system as part of a carefully planned asteroid deflection experiment.
An image looking down on the north pole of Titan, showing night and day in the northern hemisphere of Saturn's largest moon.
2021-08-09

Division for Planetary Sciences Honors Johns Hopkins APL’s Turtle for Career Contributions

APL planetary scientist Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle has been awarded the inaugural Claudia J. Alexander Prize by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.
Image of Europa and its orange-colored crevasses lit by the Sun
2021-08-09

A Few Steps Closer to Europa: Spacecraft Hardware Makes Headway

Key elements of the Europa Clipper spacecraft — which Johns Hopkins APL is developing in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — are coming together in cleanrooms across the country.
DART spacecraft approaching its target asteroid Dimorphos, with LICIACube watching from right
2021-07-14

SMART Nav: Giving Spacecraft the Power to Guide Themselves

NASA’s DART mission will be the first-ever to test a way to protect Earth from an asteroid strike. But to ensure DART hits its harmless test target, scientists and engineers at Johns Hopkins APL developed a guidance system unlike anything used on spacecraft before — a system that can direct a spacecraft entirely on its own without any human intervention.