Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
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Artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, currently en route to Pluto

New Horizons Set to Wake Up for Pluto Encounter
Operators at APL are preparing to “wake” the NASA spacecraft from electronic hibernation on Dec. 6, when the probe will be more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth.
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image of showing the grooves on asteroid Vesta

What “Belted” Asteroid Vesta?
When NASA’s Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid Vesta in 2011, it showed that deep grooves that circle the asteroid’s equator like a cosmic belt were probably caused by a massive impact on Vesta’s south pole.
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A Maryland State Trooper using technology while on the job

Dept. of Justice Establishes National Criminal Justice Technology Center at APL
The National Institute of Justice selected Johns Hopkins for a five-year cooperative agreement to establish a new research center designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of a wide variety of technologies for the nation's criminal justice communities.
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infrared image of Comet Siding Spring

New Images Show Comet Siding Spring’s Coma
Infrared images of the comet were taken by the APL-built and -operated CRISM instrument orbiting Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. The images show the inner part of the coma, generated around the comet’s nucleus by the warmth of the sun.
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A Standard Missile-6 launch

Test Demonstrates Standard Missile-6 Effectiveness and Versatility
A recent Navy test showed the ability of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) to detect and engage a subsonic, low-altitude target over land.
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