We solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. APL—the nation’s largest university affiliated research center—provides U.S. government agencies with deep expertise in specialized fields to support national priorities and technology development programs. We also serve as independent trusted technical agents to the government, providing continuity for highly complex, multigenerational technology development systems.
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A little after midnight on New Year's Day (12:33am on January 1st, 2019), the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper Belt a billion miles from Pluto and 4 billion miles from the Sun!
See science panels, experience the flyby moments, watch the "phone home" moment and see the science results from the first days of data. All from the home of the missions operations center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md.