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01/12/2012 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP reveals lunar surface features

“Fluffy” soils and reddish surface features were unexpected in the moon’s permanently shadowed regions

01/09/2012 SwRI joins international technology innovation alliance in China

Southwest Research Institute joins International Technology Innovation Alliance for Internal Combustion Engine Reliability, organized by Weichai Power Co. Ltd., of China.

12/20/2011 SwRI researchers discover new evidence for complex molecules on Pluto's surface

Hydrocarbons and other molecules could be responsible for Pluto's ruddy coloring

12/13/2011 Preparing for future human exploration, RAD measures radiation on journey to Mars

RAD is the only instrument scheduled to collect science data on the journey to Mars

11/21/2011 Preparing for future human exploration: measuring the radiation environment on Mars

Scheduled to launch Nov. 26 NASA’s next rover mission to Mars includes the SwRI-built Radiation Assessment Detector

11/11/2011 Suborbital space research and education conference scheduled Feb. 27–29, 2012

Conference to focus on new, low-cost reusable spacecraft

11/10/2011 Giant planet ejected from the solar system

Simulations suggest fifth planet and “Jumping Jupiter” led to formation of current solar system

11/09/2011 SwRI flyers first to evaluate pressure suits during simulated suborbital launches in centrifuge

Twenty centrifuge runs closely mimic launches and re-entries aboard suborbital spacecraft

10/27/2011 SwRI hosts 2011 International SpaceWire Conference

Conference will highlight a network technology developed primarily for use on spacecraft

10/18/2011 SwRI acquires 2011 plug-in electric vehicle to include its batteries in EssEs Consortium matrix

Electric vehicle battery information will be offered to consortium members