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.
Rendering of the MMX spacecraft approaching the Martian moon Phobos
2020-12-17

MEGANE Instrument Test Model Goes to Japan for Physical Tests and Design Review

The team building MEGANE for Japan’s MMX mission recently shipped a test model to determine how well the instrument fits in the spacecraft design.
Illustration of Enceladus and DNA helix
2020-12-08

Surer Signs of Life

New technology could help us find some of the strongest evidence of life elsewhere in the solar system, from purifying samples to even sequencing DNA from another world.
Artist’s depiction of a red, M-dwarf star with three exoplanets orbiting it. (Credit: NASA/JPL)
2020-11-10

NASA selects Kevin Stevenson to Lead New Astrobiology Research Team

Johns Hopkins APL’s Kevin Stevenson will lead new astrobiology research team to find potentially habitable — but so far undetectable — planets around red dwarf stars.
Person dressed in white protective clothing inspects L'LORRI instrument from side
2020-11-05

Johns Hopkins APL Delivers First Instrument for NASA’s Lucy Mission

Despite multiple hurdles, the APL team building L’LORRI for NASA’s Lucy mission delivered their instrument eight weeks earlier than expected.
Image of Dragonfly on the surface of Saturn's moon TItan
2020-10-13

Searching for Clues to Our Origins

The Dragonfly mission will explore Saturn's exotic moon Titan.