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Space Department

With a record of successfully designing, building, and operating over 64 spacecraft and 200 instruments, the Space Department has made extensive contributions to our nation's space program for more than 50 years.

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APL's Space Department builds spaceflight hardware and software systems, and conducts space science and engineering research, for both civilian and national security applications. From early sounding rockets to the first landing on an asteroid, and the development behind satellite navigation and building the first spacecraft to explore Pluto, the Space Department has been at the vanguard of pioneering missions to the frontiers of space.

The department’s spaceflight hardware capabilities are complemented by a robust science research program. Our expertise in space science research involves solar-terrestrial physics, astrophysics, planetary magnetospheres, planetary geology, solar physics, and related space research such as oceanography and atmospheric and ionospheric physics. Science research is conducted by a variety of spaceflight and ground-based instruments in collaboration with institutions in the United States and around the world.