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The New Horizons spacecraft that’s flying by Pluto Tuesday has San Antonio roots.

It was launched in January 2006. Tuesday the New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest flyby of Pluto.

The spacecraft was designed by scientists at the Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio.

Three billion miles of space travel have led up to this moment.

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A San Antonio research company confirms one of its Texas subsidiaries received potentially dangerous anthrax spores accidentally shipped by U.S. Department of Defense workers.  

A company spokesman says the live anthrax spores received by Signature Science in Austin, were frozen and the containers hadn’t been opened. 

Signature Science is a for-profit subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The company website says Signature Science works on a variety of government projects including those that provide “national and homeland security.”

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In the first segment:

The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them. 

In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.

Today a space craft launched in 2011 will briefly return to earth to slingshot around the planet so it can reach its final destination of Jupiter. Much of mission is being overseen by officials at Southwest Research Institute, which is located here in San Antonio.