In 2017, Peter Flemings and a team of UT researchers led a mission to retrieve pressurized methane hydrate cores from the Gulf of Mexico. L) The UT team arrive by helicopter at the Helix Q4000, the Brownsville, Texas-constructed drilling rig which conducted the operation. R) Exhausted but triumphant, UTIG research scientist, Steve Phillips (back row, center), Jackson School professor, Peter Flemings (front row, second from left), and the research team at the end of the mission. Credit: Peter Flemings.