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The Civil Space Mission Area makes critical contributions to NASA and international missions to meet the challenges of space science. Our work includes conducting research and space exploration; development and application of space science, engineering, and technology; and production of one-of-a-kind spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems.

Parker Solar Probe: A Mission to Touch the Sun

Parker Solar Probe—designed, built, and managed for NASA by APL—will swoop to within 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. This revolutionary mission will unlock mysteries of the Sun’s corona and the solar wind and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.


News and Media

APL Celebrates 80 Years of

Game-Changing Impact

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80th anniversary