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Planetary defense
Bull's-eye! NASA's DART spacecraft slams into asteroid
Published Sept 26, 2022
Collision with asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates a mitigation technique that could be used in the future to deflect asteroids that pose a threat to Earth
Bracing for impact
DART spacecraft prepares for asteroid collision
Published Sept 14, 2022
The proof-of-concept mission managed by APL aims to demonstrate how a spacecraft can be used to deflect an asteroid that poses a threat to Earth, should one ever be discovered
Mission midpoint: Parker Solar Probe makes 12th encounter with sun
Published May 31, 2022
As the spacecraft prepares its next flyby, take a look back at the record-setting mission already considered by NASA to be a smashing success
Military health
Fatigue monitoring system could prevent warfighter injuries
Published May 31, 2022
The system tracks aerobic and anaerobic exercises to predict the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and protect those who are at high risk for injuries
Indoor oceans for science's sake
Published Spring 2022
Opened in summer 2020, the Applied Physics Laboratory's new NAMI facility allows researchers to simulate real-life marine environments / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Whiting School, Applied Physics Lab launch multimillion-dollar SURPASS initiative
Published March 29, 2022
Up to five projects will be funded during the first year; total funding could one day exceed $100 million in external support
A striking pose
APL nuclear engineer among 120 women recognized in Smithsonian exhibit
Published March 23, 2022
A 3D-printed statue of Ciara Sivels was installed this month at the National Mall as part of Smithsonian Women's Futures Month celebration
Space science
Analysis points to secret source of lunar ice
Published Feb 11, 2022
An analysis of debris blasted away from the moon's surface in 2009 uncovers layers of lunar—and Earth—history
Outer space
Parker Solar Probe touches the sun
Published Dec 15, 2021
The spacecraft, built and operated by APL, has made its first pass through the sun's upper atmosphere, an area called the corona
NASA launches DART spacecraft on asteroid collision course
Published Nov 24, 2021
The mission, designed and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, is the world's first to test technology for defending the planet against potential asteroid or comet hazards