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Hopkins Applied Physics Lab teams to develop instruments for asteroid-bound NASA missions

Hopkins Applied Physics Lab teams to develop instruments for asteroid-bound NASA missions

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County are among teams working on two new NASA space missions.

NASA officials announced Wednesday that the Lucy mission, bound for a series of asteroids near Jupiter, and Psyche, a spacecraft to explore the core of an unformed planet, were chosen from a short list of five proposals for solar system exploration.

"Elation" was how planetary scientist Hal Weaver described the announcement, which came as a surprise to the researchers at the North Laurel lab. The lab is developing one instrument for each mission.

With NASA's selections, the lab will once again be playing a role in ventures to...