Thursday, January 19, 2006

John Hopkins University Has History of 'Rocket Science'

While we wait for the launch of New Horizons, lets discover a little bit about the people who built it: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

The Applied Physics Laboratory has more than four decades experience designing, building and launching spacecraft. Since 1959 scientists at the not-for-profit lab have launched 61 spacecraft and 150 instruments, achieving many "firsts" in spaceflight and setting the standard by which today's spacecraft are operated. Theirs was the first spacecraft to orbit and land on an asteroid (NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) and they developed the satellite Doppler navigation system and the first nuclear powered spacecraft.

They've been saying "better, faster, cheaper" since before some NASA administrators were born and their history of success has proven they know what they are talking about...

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