Image of asteroid Bennu in space
2022-06-22

Deep-Space Landslide Yields an Avalanche of Insight on Asteroid Structure

By studying a landslide on the asteroid Bennu, a team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins APL’s Mark Perry has gained new insight into the surface strength — or weakness — of so-called rubble-pile asteroids, the loose collections of smaller rocks and dust held together by their own gravity.
Partial color, partial black and white image of Jezero Crater and delta on Mars
2022-06-21

CRISM Team Closing Operations with New Global Map of Mars

In a last hurrah for an imager entering its final months of operation, the CRISM team at Johns Hopkins APL is releasing a new near-global map of Mars produced by the instrument. The first of what will be thousands of pieces colored to convey the mineral composition of the Martian surface were released on Wednesday.
Image of a cluster of stars in space
2022-06-17

NASA’s DART Captures One of Night Sky’s Brightest Stars

On its journey to collide with an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test mission, NASA’s DART captured images of the nearby and very bright star Vega in a test of how light scatters off of the spacecraft’s camera DRACO and other internal parts.
Image of the bright star Vega with six spike-like points surrounding its edge
2022-06-17

NASA’s DART Snaps Vega While Journeying to an Asteroid

On its journey to collide with an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test mission, NASA’s DART captured images of the nearby and very bright star Vega in a test of how light scatters off of the spacecraft’s camera DRACO and other internal parts.
Illustration of asteroid Phaethon flying through space as bits of it crumble off and fall behind it
2022-06-13

Why Phaethon Turned Blue — and How Other Small Sun-Diving Bodies Might, Too

Asteroid Phaethon’s bizarrely blue color has long been a planetary science puzzle, but a study co-authored by Johns Hopkins APL’s Carey Lisse may have finally untangled the chemical process that gave the asteroid its azure hue.
People wearing bunny suits in a cleanroom look up at a massive metal cylinder, the Europa Clipper propulsion module
2022-06-07

Johns Hopkins APL Delivers Propulsion Module for NASA Mission to Europa

After years of design and construction, two cross-country trips and thousands of hours of labor, APL has delivered NASA's Europa Clipper propulsion module — the spacecraft's “workhorse" — and its radio frequency module to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for integration with the remainder of the spacecraft.
Sun
2022-05-27

Johns Hopkins APL Engineer Takes Helm of NASA Solar Sail Concept

NASA is investing in the development of a new solar sail concept under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program, which will provide the project with $2 million over the next two years. Space Exploration Sector engineer Amber Dubill will now take the lead on the project.
Rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun
2022-05-24

Signs of Success: At Mission’s Midpoint, Parker Solar Probe Marks Amazing Achievements

Nearly four years after launch, Parker Solar Probe has made significant inroads toward achieving its main science goals — and it continues to break records and capture first-of-its-kind measurements of the Sun.
Illustration of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and Charon.
2022-05-18

Johns Hopkins APL’s Guo Named an AIAA Fellow

Yanping Guo of APL has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) — a prestigious honor bestowed on only 2,008 members in the organization’s history.
Illustration of warm-colored magnetic field lines from the Sun interacting with cool-colored magnetic lines around Earth
2022-04-13

NASA Extends Johns Hopkins APL-Led Solar and Space Physics Research Center

After two years of progress in developing a beyond state-of-the-art computer model, the APL-hubbed Center for Geospace Storms will continue expanding for an additional five years, NASA recently announced, citing the center’s significant potential to transform the fields of space weather and space physics.