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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.
A little ways away from the South Pole station, the Keck Array is shielded from interference reflected up from the ground behind a protective shroud. Searching for Inflation
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday August 01, 2016

Scientists working at the South Pole are trying to detect the imprints of gravitational waves from when the universe was only a tiny fraction (about one trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth) of a second old. But first, they have to finish clearing away the galactic dust obscuring their view.

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