Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Enhancing National Security through Science and Technology


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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An image of Mercury's Prokofiev crater

MESSENGER Provides First Optical Images of Ice Near Mercury’s North Pole
The MESSENGER spacecraft — built and operated by APL — has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury’s north 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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An unprocessed image of Comet Siding Spring captured on March 11 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

CRISM Prepares for Mars-Grazing Comet Siding Spring
Up to and during Comet Siding Spring’s flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, NASA’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) will attempt to capture data about the comet that are unobtainable from Earth.
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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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