Welcome to the JHU/APL Space Science Research Portal. APL conducts scientific research in planetary science, heliophysics and Earth science that includes all aspects of our solar system, from the Sun to Pluto and everything in between (and beyond!). Our space research is conducted in APL's Space Exploration Sector, a sector that includes not only world class research scientists but top notch engineers who have designed satellites, space instruments and ground systems that enable the ground breaking discoveries, most recently demonstrated by the APL designed and built New Horizons satellite that enabled observations of Pluto and her moons.

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April 29, 2015

New Horizons Returns Its Best Images of Pluto

A Pluto-bound NASA probe has captured the best-ever images of the dwarf planet, revealing surface features that include a possible polar ice cap.

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March 13, 2015

APL Leads Energetic Particle Team Research on NASA's MMS Mission

When NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Thursday, March 12, it delivered a four-spacecraft experiment into Earth orbit that will study an important phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.

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June 11, 2015

NASA Funds Johns Hopkins APL Miniature Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

NASA has awarded $3 million for development of a compact gamma-ray spectrometer by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); APL will lead the effort.

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January 27, 2016

Here's how long it would take to visit the closest star in our galaxy

We've all asked this question at some point in our lives: How long would it take to travel to the stars?

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April 30, 2015

Fire and Ice: A MESSENGER Recap

The planet closest to the Sun is, ironically, one of the coldest. That's just one of many mind-bending discoveries about Mercury that NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft beamed back to Earth over the past 7 years.

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