NRL telescope onboard ESA, NASA SOHO discovers 4000th comet

WASHINGTON -- NRL’s Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA on June 15. More

NRL Blossom Point Tracking Facility Overview Video

NRL's Blossom Point Tracking Facility (BPTF) provides engineering and operational support to several complex space systems for the Navy and other sponsors. BPTF is the nation’s first satellite command and control facility, established in 1956. [Oct. 9, 2019 - 5 min/03 sec] More

NRL-built Camera Provides View into Sun’s Polar Regions

WASHINGTON — The Solar Orbiter mission will use a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-designed and -built heliospheric camera, known as SoloHI, to provide unique perspectives and unprecedented views of the Sun’s North and South poles. The spacecraft, a NASA and European Space Agency collaboration, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Feb. 9. More

NRL launches space weather instrument on NASA satellite

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) instrument aboard NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will deliver unprecedented information to help scientists investigate how both terrestrial and solar weather impact the ionosphere, the ionized region of Earth’s upper atmosphere. ICON launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Oct. 10. More

Naval Academy Displays NRL’s Enduring Presence in Space Research

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum combined resources to tell the story of how the Navy ushered in our nation’s presence in space. The USNA exhibit “Sea, Sun and Space” displays, through visual artifacts and curated narrative, the pioneering role NRL and its collaborators and sponsors played in the future of space exploration. More

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