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We solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. APL—the nation’s largest university affiliated research center—provides U.S. government agencies with deep expertise in specialized fields to support national priorities and technology development programs. We also serve as independent trusted technical agents to the government, providing continuity for highly complex, multigenerational technology development systems.

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to make critical contributions to critical challenges. At APL, we feel it is our responsibility to try to solve these national challenges with the full measure of our dedication and expertise.

Our Core

Our Values

The Lab’s core values are unquestionable integrity, trusted service to the nation, world-class expertise, and game-changing impact—all in an environment that is collaborative, fulfilling (and even fun!).

Our Future

Our Goal

APL’s purpose and core values guide our future, and it is no less than to create defining innovations that ensure our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.

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Iron Meteorite “Fingerprints” Reveal New Details About Planet Formation

A new study that included Johns Hopkins APL planetary scientist Nancy Chabot reveals new details about iron meteorites and the formation of planets during the solar system’s youth, but it also highlights that scientists may currently be missing a large chunk of the meteorite record from these early planetary bodies.

Predicting the Unpredictable — The Dynamics of DART’s Dive Into an Asteroid

What will happen after NASA’s DART spacecraft finally collides with its target asteroid? With myriad potential outcomes, and little known about the asteroid, the answer seems almost impossible to determine. Yet modelers from Johns Hopkins APL are slowly narrowing the range of possibilities, and providing the tools that will be needed to defend Earth from a cataclysmic impact.

Five Years After the Flyby, 10 Cool Things We Know About Pluto

Five years ago today, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft — designed, built and operated by Johns Hopkins APL — conducted the first close-up exploration of Pluto. Since then, scientists have uncovered numerous surprising, revolutionary and downright unbelievable things about Pluto and its moons that have transformed our view of these distant icy worlds.