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David Porter Chalks Up a Blackboard Award for Online Teaching

David Porter, a longtime chief scientist in Johns Hopkins APL’s Force Projection Sector, was selected as a 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Award winner in the Teaching and Learning category for his graduate-level online course, Introduction to Oceanography, in the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP) program.

Staying Aligned During COVID-19: APL Propels Space Missions Forward

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and a cautious reopening of the state continues, APL staff members remain uniquely focused on hitting their targets. In an unprecedented situation, teams in the Lab’s Space Exploration Sector and Research and Exploratory Development Department are evolving and adapting to ensure the Lab’s critical work remains on time and up to snuff.

New Research Points to Moon Being More Metallic Than Previously Thought

Radar data from the Miniature Radio Frequency instrument aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests a trove of metal-rich minerals lies deeper below the Moon’s surface, according to a recent study that includes Johns Hopkins APL researcher Wes Patterson. The finding could resolve a dilemma about the Moon’s formation.

Top-Shaped Asteroids Could Be Chips Off the Same Block

The uncanny resemblance of two near-Earth asteroids to spinning tops can arise from the rupture of a single asteroid, a new study that included Johns Hopkins APL’s Olivier Barnouin shows, raising the possibility that these asteroids aren’t mere products of happenstance but siblings birthed from the same cataclysmic event.

NASA’s First Planetary Defense Mission Target Gets a New Name

In 2022, a binary asteroid system — an asteroid with its own moon — will be the target of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first full-scale demonstration of an asteroid deflection technology for planetary defense. The DART spacecraft will execute a kinetic impact, deliberately crashing into the asteroid’s smaller moon, Didymos B, to change its motion in space. To mark this historic mission, Didymos B is getting an official name of its own: Dimorphos.

Mars-Bound Johns Hopkins APL Spectrometer Passes Major Milestone

The MEGANE instrument, a gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer designed by APL scientists and engineers for the Japanese-led MMX mission, passed a critical design milestone May 26, moving the project one step closer to solving the mystery of how Mars got its moons.