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SwRI spectrograph to help answer some of the mysteries of the Sun

(Southwest Research Institute) A sounding rocket originally developed as a prototype for NASA's next generation of space-based solar spectrographs will make its third flight tomorrow, May 5, at 12:25 p.m. MDT from White Sands, N.M.

SwRI-developed mobile system to destroy dangerous chemical warfare agents on site

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) helped develop and recently completed initial testing of a field-deployable treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents (CWAs) using locally available resources. The modular unit, designed...Show More Summary

Scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus

Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is best explained by chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. Show More Summary

SwRI scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn's moon Enceladus

(Southwest Research Institute) Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates...Show More Summary

SwRI's Robin Canup elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

(Southwest Research Institute) Dr. Robin Canup, associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 2017 class of inductees includes leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

SwRI managing development of OCTOCAM astronomical instrument

(Southwest Research Institute) The Gemini Observatory has named Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) as prime contractor to develop OCTOCAM, a next-generation astronomical instrument to complement the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. Show More Summary

SwRI to lead NASA's Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojans

(Southwest Research Institute) NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to lead Lucy, a landmark Discovery mission to perform the first reconnaissance of the Trojans, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter.

SwRI flips switch on LAMP in lunar orbit

(Southwest Research Institute) A Southwest Research Institute team successfully opened a 'failsafe' door on the Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument in lunar orbit, improving the quality of ultraviolet (UV) data it collects....Show More Summary

SwRI's Alice spectrograph completes ESA mission to comet 67P

After a two-year orbital tour around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosetta spacecraft—carrying Southwest Research Institute's Alice ultraviolet spectrograph—will end its mission this week on Sept. 30. Rosetta is the first spacecraft...Show More Summary

SwRI-led study shows puzzling paucity of large craters on dwarf planet Ceres

San Antonio -- July 26, 2016 -- A team of scientists led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) made a puzzling observation while studying the size and distribution of craters on the dwarf planet Ceres. read more

Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission puts magnetic reconnection under the microscope

San Antonio -- May 12, 2016 -- A team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has made the first direct detection of the source of magnetic reconnection. Analyzing data from NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, scientists have observed how this explosive physical process converts stored magnetic energy into kinetic energy and heat. read more

ITS America 2016 San Jose Student Essay Competition Sponsored by Southwest Research Institute

The ITS America 2016 San Jose Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Student Essay Competition will be sponsored again this year by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

SwRI scientists explain why moon rocks contain fewer volatiles than Earth's

Boulder, Colo. - Nov. 9, 2015 - Scientists at Southwest Research Institute combined dynamical, thermal, and chemical models of the Moon's formation to explain the relative lack of volatile elements in lunar rocks. Lunar rocks closely...Show More Summary

SwRI scientists predict that rocky planets formed from 'pebbles'

Boulder, Colo. -- Oct. 26, 2015 -- Using a new process in planetary formation modeling, where planets grow from tiny bodies called "pebbles," Southwest Research Institute scientists can explain why Mars is so much smaller than Earth. This same process also explains the rapid formation of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, as reported earlier this year. read more

The World of Pluto --From Mountains to Moons: "Just Mind Blowing" says NASA

“Home run!” said Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. “New Horizons is returning amazing results already. The data look absolutely gorgeous, and Pluto and Charon are just mind blowing. New...

Video: Scientists Induce Lightning to ‘Watch’ Thunder

Scientists seem to be courting synesthesia with the study of an everyday phenomenon. Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) artificially induced lightning and created images based on the sound waves from the resulting...Show More Summary

The first 'images' of thunder

For the first time, scientists have imaged thunder, visually capturing the sound waves created by artificially triggered lightning. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are presenting the first images at a joint meeting of American and Canadian geophysical societies in Montreal, Canada, May 3-7. read more

SwRI Wins $20M Emissions Testing, Analytical Services Contract

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded a $20.16 million contract by the EPA to provide testing and analytical services related to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption. SwRI will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under the five-year contract. Show More Summary

SwRI scientists develop solar observatory for use on suborbital manned space missions

San Antonio -- December 11, 2014 -- Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is preparing to unveil a new, miniature portable solar observatory for use onboard a commercial, manned suborbital spacecraft. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) will be on exhibit at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. Show More Summary

New Picture of the Hadean Eon --"A Resurfaced Earth"

A new terrestrial bombardment model developed by an international group of scientists led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) indicates that Earth’s surface was heavily reprocessed — or melted, mixed and buried — as a result of giant asteroid impacts more...

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