NASA-funded Balloon Recovered From Antarctica

Pubblicato il 23 feb 2017

For 12 days in January 2016, a football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it floated 24 miles above the Antarctic continent, riding the spiraling polar vortex. On Jan. 31, 2016, scientists sent the pre-planned command to cut the balloon – and the telescope parachuted to the ground in the Queen Maud region of Antarctica. The telescope sat on the ice for an entire year. The scientists did quickly recover the data vaults from the NASA-funded mission, called GRIPS, which is short for Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares. But due to incoming winter weather – summer only runs October through February in Antarctica – they had to leave the remaining instruments on the ice and schedule a recovery effort for the following year. Finally, in January 2017, it was warm and safe enough to recover the instruments. For more information:… Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng Music credit: “Inducing Waves” by Ben Niblett [PRS] and Jon Cotton [PRS] from Killer Tracks Music This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: If you liked this video, subscribe to the NASA Goddard YouTube channel: Or subscribe to NASA’s Goddard Shorts HD Podcast:… Follow NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center · Facebook: · Twitter · Flickr · Instagram · Google+…


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