Solar Mission Reveals New Details About Venus’ Unusual Magnetic Field
A new study, led by Johns Hopkins APL researchers using data from Solar Orbiter’s first flyby of Venus, found the planet’s unusual magnetic field can still accelerate particles to millions of miles per hour — a finding valuable to understanding magnetospheres around planets outside our solar system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.