Curiosity mission to Mars and their finding nothing special about the dirt on Mars. However, the news from our Howard County based APL report last week of finding ice on Mercury was unexpected. Who would have thought that the planet closest to the Sun would have ice. Apparently the poles of Mercury are shaded from sunlight enough to have ice form.
APL has a growing space department and their own building, shown in the artist's rendering above, off John Hopkins Road across from their main campus.