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image of Comet Siding Spring taken by the Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS)

First Images of a Comet from a Stratospheric Balloon
The Balloon Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) captured images of Comet Siding Spring when it was 114 million miles from Mars, and captured the comet undergoing an outburst event, during which it rapidly decreased in brightness over the course of just 30 minutes.
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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 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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Kuiper Belt objects detected by the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons
Peering out to the fringes of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects the APL-operated New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.
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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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