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07/14/2015 NASA’S three-billion-mile journey to Pluto reaches historic encounter

First space mission to explore Pluto, New Horizons reaches historic closest encounter

07/09/2015 Southwest Research Institute agreement with Air Force Sustainment Center reduces costs, increases efficiency

Enterprise Partnering Agreement facilitates project flow between Air Force Sustainment Center, SwRI

06/23/2015 SwRI, UTSA invest in two new joint research projects

Biofuels, vaccine projects receive $125,000 awards

06/02/2015 SwRI’s Stern named Honorary Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society; selected to receive Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award

New Horizons Principal Investigator honored for his efforts to explore the Pluto system

06/02/2015 Alice instrument ultraviolet close-up provides a surprising discovery about comet’s atmosphere

SwRI-developed ultraviolet spectrograph is aboard Rosetta, the first spacecraft to study a comet up close

05/27/2015 Two Southwest Research Institute instruments selected for NASA Europa mission

SwRI-led mass spectrometer and ultraviolet spectrograph will investigate Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon

05/14/2015 Particle sensor consortium’s new phase aims at California’s emissions deadlines

Particle Sensor Performance and Durability II (PSPD-II) consortium plans future research

05/13/2015 Ward elected to National Academy of Sciences

NAS membership one of the highest honors awarded to U.S. scientists or engineers

05/12/2015 NASA funds SwRI instrument to date Moon and Mars rocks

CODEX device will allow unmanned rovers to determine the age of rocks, search for clues to life in the solar system

05/05/2015 SwRI reveals the first “images” of thunder

Scientists developed a large, sophisticated array of microphones to study the acoustic signature of thunder

04/16/2015 SwRI-led team studies meteorites from asteroids to date Moon-forming impact

Debris from the Moon-forming impact blasted main belt asteroids long ago, but left behind traces of what happened

03/18/2015 SwRI awarded second consecutive Seal of Distinction

SwRI receives its second Seal of Distinction at the WorldatWork AWLP 2015 Future of Work Forum

03/12/2015 SwRI-led researchers study methane-rich plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

Methane produced by hydrothermal processes at rock-water boundary

03/10/2015 Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft Poised for Launch

MMS mission to study a universal force of nature: magnetic reconnection

03/03/2015 SwRI receives $9.9 million from U.S. DOE to improve solar plant efficiency

SwRI will lead a team of industry collaborators to develop a high-efficiency supercritical CO2 hot gas turbo-expander and compact heat exchangers for concentrating solar power plants.