Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
75th APL Anniversary


Artist’s impression of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter

Scientists Marvel at First Returns from Juno Mission to Jupiter
It took just one dive over the north pole of Jupiter before APL scientists on NASA’s Juno mission knew they were on to something incredible.
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children participating in the CONVEY virtual reality program

Using Virtual Reality to Teach Children of Servicemen and Women About Prosthetics
The CONVEY program (Connecting STEM Outreach Now Using VIE Education for Youth), led by APL thanks to a grant from the Office of Naval Research, is educating children of servicemen and women about prosthetics—using virtual reality.
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Xiomara Calderon-Colon

New Research Determines How Rainfall Shaped Mars
In a new study published in Icarus, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and APL determined that heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet’s impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago.
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Xiomara Calderon-Colon

Lab Celebrates Innovations and Accomplishments at APL Achievement Awards
APL’s Annual Achievement Awards recognize the best publications, research and development programs, innovation initiatives, and mission and enterprise accomplishments from Lab staff members in 2016.
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brain–computer interface collage

APL Collaborates with Facebook’s Building 8 on Breakthrough Brain–Computer Interface Technologies
The Lab has been designing noninvasive optical imaging methods to increase the reach of neural prosthetics, and ultimately produce technologies that could offer high-speed, thought-driven interfaces.
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High-Speed, Autonomous Surface Patrol Capability Demonstrated
In September, an APL experiment, in collaboration with the Surface Targets Branch of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, worked to advance the state of the art of collaborative, autonomous USV behaviors to higher speeds and larger numbers of vessels.
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  • Air and Missile Defense

  • Civil Space

  • Cyber Operations

  • Homeland Protection

  • National Health

  • National Security Analysis

  • National Security Space

  • Precision Strike

  • Research and Exploratory Development

  • Sea Control

  • Special Operations

  • Strategic Deterrence