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The South Pole Telescope's 10 meter dish points at the sky during the austral summer The South Pole Telescope's New Eyes
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Wednesday December 20, 2017

The telescope at the bottom of the planet spent winter calibrating and collecting data after its vision enhancement last summer. Researchers installed a new camera system in the South Pole Telescope, a major upgrade that allows researchers to collect more data than ever before.
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.

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