The Sutter's Mill meteorite fell to ground on 22 April 2012 and shortly thereafter searches were instigated for samples by NASA-ARC and SETI personnel in cooperation with multiple volunteers from the public.
NASA mission news - SOFIA Upgrades: Integrating Telescope Onboard Command and Control Systems. NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft has recently received major upgrades to its observatory and avionics systems that will significantly improve the systems' efficiency and operability.
Dr. Farid Salama was invited to attend the AAS Fall Leadership Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting and to prepare and present a 2-page report providing the basic information about the Laboratory Astrophysics Division for distribution to other Division leaders as a snapshot of the purpose and activities as well as recent accomplishments and future plans of the new division.
Dr. Farid Salama was interviewed by a Nature Magazine's reporter on the growth of laboratory astrophysics, the formation of the laboratory astrophysics division at the AAS and the current situation in the field.