The balloon-borne Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) instrument will provide a near-optimal combination of high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry of solar-flare gamma-ray/hard X-ray emissions from ~20 keV to >~10 MeV. GRIPS launched on January 19, 2016, for a long-duration flight over Antarctica at an altitude of up to 130,000 feet. Learn more about the science, the team, and the instrument. Also, you can follow the project on Twitter!
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.@NASA video about .@GRIPSballoon recovery in #Antarctica. I am the pink hat and .@hazbain is in orange. www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-funded-balloon-recovered-a-year-after-flight-over-antarctica
NASA article with film footage of the @GRIPSballoon recovery from Antarctica this winter by @NDuncanSolar & myself! www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-funded-balloon-recovered-a-year-after-flight-over-antarctica
Waiting to board an LC-130 back to McMurdo with the recovered @GRIPSballoon cargo.
The team for the @GRIPSballoon final recovery flight.
Leveling out the skiway for takeoff at the AGO2 fuel stop on the @GRIPSballoon final recovery flight.
Refueling at AGO2 on the way back to South Pole. @GRIPSballoon
August and James stoked after 90 minutes of hasty digging and cutting. @GRIPSballoon
Meanwhile, we visited NOAA's ARO facility here at Pole and collected our own samples of the clearest air on Earth.… twitter.com/i/web/status/811115947666894848
The ole @GRIPSballoon luck, with regards to the weather, is back. Still waiting at Pole for good weather to fly out to the GRIPS site.
Congrats to the BACCUS, ANITA IV and STO-2 balloon teams who have all launched this season from LDB McMurdo.
The Twin Otter plane arrived at South Pole a few of days ago. We are waiting on good weather for our reconnoissance flight to @GRIPSballoon
It's been great to get to know our extended groom and mountaineering team while we wait out the weather delays @GRIPSballoon
The @GRIPSballoon team is currently waiting for a Twin Otter plane to arrive at South Pole before we can get out on a reconnoissance flight.
Last year, NASA set a record for latest Antarctic balloon launch (@GRIPSballoon); this year, the earliest. The clim… twitter.com/i/web/status/803544205188599808
@NDuncanSolar and I are on the ice. We're going through field safety training before heading out to recover .@GRIPSballoon
The .@GRIPSballoon is at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station safe and sound!
We've spent that last few days preparing for the .@GRIPSballoon recovery in McMurdo, sending cargo to Pole for stage 2.
The .@GRIPSballoon team survived happy camper training out on the Ross Ice Shelf. It was actually too hot in our tents.
Getting ready for Deep Field Shakedown training. A mini field camp training out on the Ross ice shelf before we really go into the field.
Relativistic electron precipitation event from .@GRIPSballoon Antarctic flight
@GRIPSballoon great talk by Nicole Duncan at Dallas Zonta Club just now.