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132524 APL – previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56 – is a small asteroid in the asteroid belt approximately 2.3 kilometers across. It was visited by the New Horizons probe, which passed it at about 102,000 kilometers on 13 June 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is a stony S-type asteroid.<ref name="CBET-547" /> The rather eccentric asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.9–3.3 AU once every 4.2 years. Its orbit is tilted only slightly towards the ecliptic by 4 degrees.<ref name="jpldata" />

The probe was not originally intended to pass by the asteroid, and the fact that it did pass near it was simply a coincidence. Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, named the asteroid in reference to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which runs the mission.<ref name=mpml />


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132524 APL – previously known by its provisional designation, 2002 JF56 – is a small asteroid in the asteroid belt approximately 2.3 kilometers across. It was visited by the New Horizons probe, which passed it at about 102,000 kilometers on 13 June 2006. The spectra obtained by New Horizons show that APL is a stony S-type asteroid.<ref name="CBET-547" /> The rather eccentric asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.9–3.3 AU once every 4.2 years. Its orbit is tilted only slightly towards the ecliptic by 4 degrees.<ref name="jpldata" />

The probe was not originally intended to pass by the asteroid, and the fact that it did pass near it was simply a coincidence. Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, named the asteroid in reference to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which runs the mission.<ref name=mpml />


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