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The GRIPS scientific payload hangs suspended over the frozen surface of McMurdo Station’s Long Duration Balloon field as one of launch crew looks on. GRIPS' Moment Under the Sun
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Wednesday October 05, 2016

As a giant helium balloon lifted the alabaster solar telescope GRIPS (Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares) aloft, the excitement on the ground was palpable. The team of researchers, who had spent seven years working on the project, jumped for joy and snapped photos of their experiment in the air for the first time.
Researcher Erin Pettit (left) and guide Phil 'Chucky' Stevens take notes while looking over the ice covering the Scar Inlet. Capturing a Collapse
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday September 27, 2016

Not much remains of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, but what is left can teach scientists a lot about how mighty masses of ice fall apart, especially when its last lingering sliver finally crumbles. Researchers traveled to the Scar Inlet along the Antarctic Peninsula to study the remnants of the former ice shelf in February to better understand the peril that glaciers around Antarctica are facing.

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