Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
75th APL Anniversary


cross-section of a thick sheet of underground ice on Mars

Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice
Using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a team including APL scientists has found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.
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Artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69

Lab Already Has Plans for Next New Year’s Eve: In the Kuiper Belt, with New Horizons
Just after midnight Eastern Time on Jan. 1, 2019, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, built and operated by APL, will buzz by the most primitive and most distant object ever explored: Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69.
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Communications engineer Naim Merheb and his collaborators

Lab Engineer Helps Bring Connectivity Back to His Native Puerto Rico
Communications engineer Naim Merheb and his collaborators set up free internet in eight Puerto Rican municipalities after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure.
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APL researcher and JHU students

APL and University Students Join Forces to Map the Brain
APL researchers teamed up with Johns Hopkins University students on a pilot program to map the brain — at nanoscale resolution.
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FSO communication system

APL Laser Communications System Wins 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award
APL was recognized with the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at this year’s Defense Innovation Summit in Tampa, Florida, in recognition for its development of a high-bandwidth, free-space optical communications system.
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