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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Relativistic electron precipitation event from .@GRIPSballoon Antarctic flight t.co/8J9wo8Skg1
Check out NASA's feature on the @GRIPSballoon launch: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-funded-balloon-launches-to-study-sun Photo credit: Albert Shih @Calidarien t.co/73P3HPguM3
Congrats @Calidarien @hazbain @NDuncanSolar and NASA/Berkeley team on successful @GRIPSballoon launch in Antarctic! twitter.com/antarcticreport/status/689267875748556800
Thank you everyone who has supported us throughout the project, at home, here in Antarctica and today's launch! We very much appreciate it!!
@GRIPSballoon is at 108,000 ft!
Happy .@GRIPSballoon monitoring ascent from the deck! t.co/83sJfyq6nC
The @GRIPSballoon will shed light on most powerful explosions in solar system: solar flares @NASAGoddard @UCBerkeley twitter.com/NDuncanSolar/status/689263746800160768
. @GRIPSballoon has left the atmosphere!!!!
It is gone!!!!! @GRIPSballoon
@GRIPSballoon That is pretty awesome. yeah! Congrats!
Started balloon inflation!!! Apparently that means we're 3/4 of the way there .@GRIPSballoon