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.
Mosaic image of Eros from NEAR Shoemaker
2021-02-12

NEAR Landing Left a Lasting Space Exploration Legacy

On Feb. 12, 2001, a carefully designed series of maneuvers brought the APL-built NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft to the surface of 433 Eros — the first-ever landing on an asteroid. The trailblazing accomplishment pointed the way for future missions.
Image of Io crossing in front of Jupiter
2021-02-12

Little Moon Io helps Jupiter Accelerate Charged Particles to Incredible Speeds

Data from the APL-built JEDI instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveal Jupiter’s moon Io accelerates protons to millions of miles per hour through an invisible link.
Two people in white coats and hairnets stand over a piece of spacecraft in a dark room
2021-02-09

DART Mission Heats Up, Enters Environmental Testing

A months-long integration and testing phase culminated recently with a successful review and the start of space-environment testing for NASA's first planetary defense mission, the APL-led Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).
Collage image from Parker Solar Probe showing six planets in one view
2021-02-01

Parker Solar Probe Captures Planetary Portrait

The APL-built Parker Solar Probe was wheeling around the Sun last summer when it spied six planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — in its camera's field of view.
Illustration of MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting a partially sunlit Mercury
2021-01-29

Study reveals MESSENGER watched a Meteoroid strike Mercury

The Johns Hopkins APL-led MESSENGER spacecraft watched a meteoroid crash into Mercury, a recent study shows. It's the first impact ever observed on the surface of another planet.
People dressed in white coverall watch part of DART be lowered
2021-01-15

DART Team Takes a Last Look at Asteroid Target Before Launch

DART’s investigation team has kicked off the mission’s final prelaunch observation campaign on the ground, using powerful telescopes located around the world to get a glimpse of the asteroid system that DART will encounter this year.
Man stands at podium next to two screens with text and images of the Moon
2021-01-14

Johns Hopkins APL team lauded for Lunar Technology Leadership

The team that stood up an organization to help advance lunar surface technology development will receive a NASA Headquarters 2020 Honor Award.
EZIE spacecraft in Earth's orbit.
2021-01-05

Johns Hopkins APL Space Weather Mission Selected by NASA

NASA has given APL the nod to develop the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE), a mission to explore electric currents in Earth’s atmosphere that link the aurora to our planet’s magnetosphere.
Illustration of three exoplanets orbiting a red star (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
2020-12-18

New Exoplanet Research Method could uncover Thousands of Habitable Worlds

A new method could be groundbreaking for exoplanet research, opening up a vast population of potentially habitable planets that has been inaccessible to scientific study.