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NASA’s Van Allen Probes Reveal Long-Term Behavior of Earth’s Ring Current
New findings from NASA’s Van Allen Probes — built and operated by APL — have revealed that the ring current, an electrical current carried by energetic ions that encircles our planet, behaves in a much different way than previously understood.
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First Global Topographic Model of Mercury among MESSENGER’s Latest Delivery to the Planetary Data System
The MESSENGER mission has released the first global digital elevation model of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to characterize fully the planet’s geologic history.
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APL Recognizes World-Class Expertise at 2016 Achievement Awards
A novel water filtration device was named Invention of the Year at APL’s annual Achievement Awards ceremony, which also recognized the Laboratory’s top publications and research and development programs during 2015.
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New Textbook by APL Authors Shares Lessons Learned on Creating a Culture of Innovation in Large Organizations
"Infusing Innovation into Organizations: A Systems Engineering Approach," written and edited by a team of technical and administrative leaders, describes processes used at the Lab since 2010 to spur innovation and collaboration.
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Aegis Ashore System Successfully Intercepts Target Missile at Pacific Test Range
APL researchers and engineers played a key role in the first Aegis Ashore engagement, resulting in the successful intercept and destruction of a ballistic missile target at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).
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