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Just published on Atmos. Meas. Tech. data on #TILDAE sensor flown "piggyback" on @GRIPSballoon over Antarctica… twitter.com/i/web/status/867011072347312129

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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

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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

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After several days at LDB in McMurdo, the recovered @GRIPSballoon hardware was ready to be shipped back to the US o… twitter.com/i/web/status/821772244754034688

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Waiting to board an LC-130 back to McMurdo with the recovered @GRIPSballoon cargo.

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The team for the @GRIPSballoon final recovery flight.

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Leveling out the skiway for takeoff at the AGO2 fuel stop on the @GRIPSballoon final recovery flight.

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Twin Otter at @GRIPSballoon on final recovery flight. You can through the window that the plane is full of GRIPS ha… twitter.com/i/web/status/821770325893541888

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10 days ago we got a 3rd recovery flight out to @GRIPSballoon. The weather was perfect allowing us to recover all o… twitter.com/i/web/status/821769497229008896

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Refueling at AGO2 on the way back to South Pole. @GRIPSballoon

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Parts of the @GRIPSballoon that we dug out earlier in the week were snowed back under when we returned for the 2nd… twitter.com/i/web/status/817997074625134592

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August and James stoked after 90 minutes of hasty digging and cutting. @GRIPSballoon

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.@GRIPSballoon recovery flight #2: 90 min scramble on the ground but we got all the important science items. Includ… twitter.com/i/web/status/817995251071774720

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The @GRIPSballoon solar panels suffered the worst but the priority science items look great! Hoping for more flight… twitter.com/i/web/status/816535816046575616

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The @GRIPSballoon cryostat is in good shape having survived a full winter on the ice. We spent yesterday & today pr… twitter.com/i/web/status/816534534535651328

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On Monday we finally got a good weather window and flew out to the @GRIPSballoon landing site to recover the cryost… twitter.com/i/web/status/816531715325919232

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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

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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.

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Congrats to the BACCUS, ANITA IV and STO-2 balloon teams who have all launched this season from LDB McMurdo.

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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

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Meanwhile here are some of photos of @NDuncanSolar and I at our Deep Field Shakedown training on the Ross Ice shelf… twitter.com/i/web/status/806439853093191680

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It's been great to get to know our extended groom and mountaineering team while we wait out the weather delays @GRIPSballoon

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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.

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Last year, NASA set a record for latest Antarctic balloon launch (@GRIPSballoon); this year, the earliest. The clim… twitter.com/i/web/status/803544205188599808

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@NDuncanSolar and I are on the ice. We're going through field safety training before heading out to recover .@GRIPSballoon

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#GRIPSrecovery team is on Antarctica. Stay tuned to @GRIPSballoon for news on their advances. twitter.com/hazbain/status/803888037625217024

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The .@GRIPSballoon is at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station safe and sound!

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We've spent that last few days preparing for the .@GRIPSballoon recovery in McMurdo, sending cargo to Pole for stage 2.

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The .@GRIPSballoon team survived happy camper training out on the Ross Ice Shelf. It was actually too hot in our tents.

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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.

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This Thursday @NDuncanSolar and I will begin the journey south to recover the @GRIPSballoon gondola. We'll try to tweet our progress.

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The Antarctic Sun: #GRIPS Moment Under the Sun. A great article in 4 parts about this year's @GRIPSballoon flight… twitter.com/i/web/status/783734347237060608

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Relativistic electron precipitation event from .@GRIPSballoon Antarctic flight

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Early results from the @GRIPSballoon team presented at #2016SPD

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@GRIPSballoon at #2016SPD

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.@GRIPSballoon succesful first flight talk from PI Pascal SaintHilaire at #2016SPD on Boulder #milehigher

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Pascal Saint-Hilaire talking about @GRIPSballoon at #2016SPD

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.@GRIPSballoon in the news! "carried by a balloon at a whopping elevation of 130,000ft " aasnova.org/2016/06/01/2016-spd-day-1/ #2016spd

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Great interest in @GRIPSballoon mission. Payload is still on the ice but will be recovered this year. The risks of #Antarctic weather

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The @GRIPSballoon #Antarctic results presented by @Calidarien at #2016SPD press conference

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@GRIPSBalloon! twitter.com/NSF_OPP/status/707627244823433216

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@stratoballoon The COSI team includes @GRIPSBalloon's @BrentMochizuki who is fresh off the ice!

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The COSI Balloon team (including @GRIPSballoon's @BrentMochizuki ) are in Wanaka, NZ preparing for their next flight cosi2014.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/cosi-2016/

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@GRIPSballoon great talk by Nicole Duncan at Dallas Zonta Club just now.

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.@GRIPSballoon--flying now!--studies high-energy radiation from solar flares. More: go.nasa.gov/1SuAU9c #MotW

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Earth horizon visible from the @GRIPSBalloon on-board camera: www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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GOES C9 flare today, hopefully observed by @GRIPSballoon #FingersCrossed for some #GammaRays

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Happy one-week-aversary @GRIPSballoon www.csbf.nasa.gov/map/balloon8/balloon8.png

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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

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Congrats @Calidarien @hazbain @NDuncanSolar and NASA/Berkeley team on successful @GRIPSballoon launch in Antarctic! twitter.com/antarcticreport/status/689267875748556800

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Movie of the @GRIPSballoon launch! Thanks to CSBF for finding us a launch window in this season full of bad weather youtu.be/o7FrY-6w7PY

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Thank you everyone who has supported us throughout the project, at home, here in Antarctica and today's launch! We very much appreciate it!!

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A ballon is currently above antarctica measuring #solarflares @GRIPSballoon @hazbain good luck with the observations!!

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In-flight image of opposing Antarctic horizons from the @GRIPSballoon roll sensor (heritage from the HEROES balloon)

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Floating 40kms above #Antarctica for 20-40 days @GRIPSballoon bit.ly/1n6Z2Sc @NASAGoddard @UCBerkeley twitter.com/stratoballoon/status/689256001032318976

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@GRIPSballoon is at 108,000 ft!

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You can track the @GRIPSballoon progress here: www.csbf.nasa.gov/map/balloon8/flight668N.htm …. Currently at 31,000 feet, 10 knots.

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WOOO @GRIPSballoon is on the map! The red dot at the bottom of the map is the beginning of their flight path!!

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Happy .@GRIPSballoon monitoring ascent from the deck!

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@GRIPSballoon just launched!!!!

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The @GRIPSballoon will shed light on most powerful explosions in solar system: solar flares @NASAGoddard @UCBerkeley twitter.com/NDuncanSolar/status/689263746800160768

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.@GRIPSballoon LAUNCHED!!!!

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. @GRIPSballoon has left the atmosphere!!!!

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It is gone!!!!! @GRIPSballoon

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@GRIPSballoon That is pretty awesome. yeah! Congrats!

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GO FOR LAUNCH!!!

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#BalloonSelfie with the @GRIPSballoon

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Even the Stormtrooper on my desk is saying Go! @GRIPSballoon Go!

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@DavidLGlaser @GRIPSballoon Watching from a coffee shop in oakland. GOGOGOGOGO!!!!!

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Its alive...ITS ALIVE!! @GRIPSballoon

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Inflation of the @GRIPSballoon Mission 668N just started at Williams Field, McMurdo.

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OMG the @GRIPSballoon inflation has started!!!

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We can hear the helium entering the balloon!!!

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@GRIPSballoon watching the launch in a coffee shop in Berleley! So excited for all of you!!! Go GRIPS!!!!!!!!

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Started balloon inflation!!! Apparently that means we're 3/4 of the way there .@GRIPSballoon

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Thanks for cleaning the NASA/LDB camera lenses Gerald! .@GRIPSballoon

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Laying out the flight train and balloon!!

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Good luck @GRIPSballoon!! We're rooting for you!

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Watching a stratospheric balloon launch from Antarctica w/ NASAtelevision's live broadcast @Ustream! ustre.am/1dLTf! @GRIPSballoon

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From the @GRIPSballoon team: it will take about 45 mins to inflate the balloon so launch will be at least 45 mins from now. Fingers crossed!

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Tense moment waiting for go/ no go order. @gripsballoon 8th launch attempt. #goingfortheone

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The @GRIPSballoon roving ground support equipment (GSE) is all set up!

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@stratoballoon @GRIPSballoon we just gave the word from the science team to go ahead. Its "Go/No Go" time!

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Laying out the @GRIPSballoon balloon and the parachute!! Getting closer!

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Nail biting downhere while waiting see appear the balloon bubble in the distance @gripsballoon 8th launch attempt

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.@GRIPSballoon balloon box moving to the launch pad!!!

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Fleet ops moving out with the helium!! .@GRIPSballoon

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Looking good ! Helium trailers already departed for the launch pad in @gripsballoon 8th laun ch attempt

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Many thanks to @csbfops for moving the High Bay camera to see in the distance the launch pad. @gripsballoon

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8th launch attempt for @gripsballoon now. The Boss is taking it to the launch pad.

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Moving to the launch pad!!!!!! .@GRIPSballoon

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@GRIPSballoon I know. Hope your baby be launched soon. Its very hard to wait for the right weather there. Keep on ! twitter.com/GRIPSballoon/status/689173401710166016

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@StationCDRKelly @GRIPSballoon rolling out again in #Antartica Wish them well this time! they have been very patient. @hazbain

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@GRIPSballoon @stratoballoon It will be amazing when you get that balloon up there, well worth the wait!

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@GRIPSballoon @stratoballoon 'never give up...' Watched Galaxy Quest last night! 😀

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Fresh powder at LDB for rollout number 8. Window opens at 2pm local, 5pm PST, 8pm EST, 10pm GMT .@GRIPSballoon

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Prepping for launch of @gripsballoon

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Cancelled by 18mph gusts @ 450ft. We need calm winds at all altitudes. Weather update in 3hrs. Thx for all the support today!

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Checklists are complete and systems ready. Hopefully moving to the launch pad soon!

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The pilot ball with tether is looking good! We want a tether without kinks. Kinks = wind!

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Rollout number 7.

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The weather window for launch attempt number 6 will begin around 10am local, 1pm PST, 4pm EST, 9pm GMT. No whistling, it brings the wind

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Cancelled. 🙁 Another window tomorrow morning.

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We can actually see Mount Erebus this morning, that's a good start! .@GRIPSballoon

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After days of bad weather we have a launch window today. Starting at 14:00 local, 17:00 PST, 20:00 EST and 01:00 GMT. Finger crossed!

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Prehistoric @GRIPSballoon astronaut, Kurt, endured frost/rime this week; we were more worried about our electronics

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A lone Adélie penguin wandered up to the @GRIPSballoon high bay today and then out towards the launch pad

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The weather hasn't improved. No rollout or launch window today.

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We are cancelled for the day. A weather system that was due to move in tmrw arrived early. Wind speed was to high to even stay outside.

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Photo of the @GRIPSballoon team during the fourth launch attempt (includes @NDuncanSolar @hazbain @BrentMochizuki)

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The @GRIPSballoon team is preparing for launch in Antarctica! New additions to our album: bit.ly/1JppH73

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We're out the door for launch attempt number 5 .@GRIPSballoon

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#McMurdo storm inspires art @RuthHeindel, pauses some scientific activity, e.g. no @GRIPSballoon launch, #Antarctica twitter.com/RuthHeindel/status/684532975543791617

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And we're cancelled for the day. Still foggy and windy out here. We'll try again tomorrow.

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Good morning from a cold and foggy LDB. Launch attempt 4. Rollout underway .@GRIPSballoon

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Launch window for @GRIPSballoon starts soon but we're in a weather hold. I'll post updates here. Watch this space: www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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Launch update: we'll have another launch attempt tomorrow morning! 10am local, 1pm PST, 4pm EST, 9pm GMT!

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Blog post about the "forgotten" @GRIPSballoon proposal from 2006 and how things could have been different grips.ssl.berkeley.edu/the-forgotten-grips-proposal/

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Over the weekend we've been on a weather hold. It looks like the next available launch window will be Jan 6th .@GRIPSballoon

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That's it folks, we're scrubbed for the night. Winds are still too high. 🙁

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Happy New Year from .@GRIPSballoon as we prepare for launch attempt 3! @hazbain

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Support from the galley in town, from a couple of days ago .@GRIPSballoon

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The winds from this afternoon have died down a bit. We're back at LDB. Rolling out before the bells! .@GRIPSballoon

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What you do at #McMurdo waiting for gentler winds; @GRIPSballoon launch @hazbain @NSF_OPP #Antarctica twitter.com/Calidarien/status/681992803753197570

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@GRIPSballoon To all GRIPS and NASA launch teams All our best wishes for a happy and healthy New year of 2016 From: Brazil SOLAR-T team

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Latest update: we have a possible launch window at 6:30am tomorrow. That's 9:30am PST. We'll be rolling out at 11:30pm (2:30am PST) tonight!

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Due to bad weather, the earliest launch for .@GRIPSballoon will be January 2nd.

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Storm system coming through the area, no launch today 🙁 .@GRIPSballoon

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No @GRIPSballoon launch attempt today. High winds are forecast for this afternoon. #Antarctica

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Sending off @GRIPSballoon with our best wishes

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Good morning for high bay 2 .@GRIPSballoon ready for rollout.

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.@GRIPSballoon launch scrubbed for today. Second attempt tomorrow. twitter.com/hazbain/status/681337082598428673

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Launch cancelled for today. We'll be showing for a 2nd attempt first thing tomorrow morning .@GRIPSballoon

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Wind delay @GRIPSballoon launch, Long Duration Balloon facility Ross Ice Shelf, 10km -McMurdo @hazbain @NDuncanSolar twitter.com/clairaftery/status/681315656055128064

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@GRIPSballoon The Sun is warming up for you with a high C flare!

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Weather hold #selfie from #Antarctica, waiting for @GRIPSballoon launch.

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.@hazbain and @NDuncanSolar waiting out a weather delay for the @GRIPSballoon launch. Watch: www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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Delayed for another hour to see how the winds around us evolve. It's beautiful at LDB, but we're in an patch of good weather .@GRIPSballoon

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Checklists done, @GRIPSballoon is flight ready! Waiting to see if low level winds calm down before moving to launch field.

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The @GRIPSballoon is out of the highway, prepping for launch. Watch live here: www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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Out of the highbay, hooking up to launch vehicle. Live CSBF feed is up www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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Gondola is buttoned up, check lists are underway and The Boss launch vehicle is moving into position.

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@GRIPSballoon first launch attempt tomorrow Sunday 7pm PDT (Monday 4pm in #Antarctica)! Watch the live feed here www.csbf.nasa.gov/antarctica/ice.htm

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@NDuncanSolar @GRIPSballoon Best Xmas Greetings for all GRIPS team!

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During the hang test with @NDuncanSolar and @hazbain, plus @GRIPSballoon and PI; note my stylish balloon-tape bangle

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@GRIPSballoon hanging from "The Boss" launch vehicle during our successful hang test! Looking forward to launch!!

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.@motherboard @DMOberhaus More on #MMS: Currently flying in the tightest satellite formation ever achieved! go.nasa.gov/1YwfBCZ

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.@GRIPSBalloon is out for the preflight rediness "hang" test at #LDB. Getting attached to "The Boss" launch vehicle

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Running through our systems check @GRIPSballoon

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@GRIPSballoon dress rehearsal for our preflight hang test, where we practiced our rollout and systems checkout

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@GRIPSballoon dress rehearsal for our preflight hang test, where we practiced our rollout and systems checkout

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@GRIPSballoon dress rehearsal for our preflight hang test, where we practiced our rollout and systems checkout

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Preparing to roll out for a dress rehearsal hang test @GRIPSballoon

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Movie of Pascal and me each using a manlift to make adjustments to @GRIPSballoon sensors while pointed at the Sun youtu.be/KsCvR7OB9WI

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Sad to miss @elonmusk at #AGU15 this year, busy launching the @GRIPSballoon solar flare telescope from #Antarctica

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@hazbain with the shields electronics box. Shields catch unwanted light, keeping signals clean. @GRIPSballoon

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STO2 next door, with their high bay doors open for pointing tests @GRIPSballoon

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.@GRIPSballoon is tweeting as they prepare for launch! More on their launch conditions: go.nasa.gov/1O5w55f

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How @GRIPSballoon determines how the telescope is pointed and how the rotating grid is oriented, ask @NDuncanSolar

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Pascal placing temperature sensors on the rotator and azimuth motors @GRIPSballoon

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@hazbain putting back on the cabling for the @GRIPSballoon anti-coincidence shield, see past tweets by @nickelkelley

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The #ANSMET team visited the highway yesterday while they are stuck in McMurdo on a weather delay caslabs.case.edu/ansmet/2015/12/14/making-the-most-of-a-delay/ @GRIPSballoon

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Antarctic anticyclone will send 2 scientific balloons flying in circles—incl @GRIPSballoon! go.nasa.gov/1O5w55f

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Center of the launch pad looking back towards LBD, from my quick break yesterday afternoon. @GRIPSballoon

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Albert and Amir heading out to calibrate the horizon camera for our aspect system @GRIPSballoon

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Focusing the Roll sensor camera before today's testing @GRIPSballoon @Calidarien

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Movie of me calibrating the @GRIPSballoon roll sensor, as well as other LDB operations occurring nearby youtu.be/rPQDCGww-Gk

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@NDuncanSolar prepping to pump down on the @GRIPSballoon vacuum cryostat for (hopefully) the last time before launch

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Software emails the team and pages me for spacecraft hardware emergencies. Always on call. @GRIPSballoon @hazbain

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@BrentMochizuki @GRIPSballoon @hazbain @NDuncanSolar looks like GRIPS is blowing out a candle...

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Adding temperature control software so parts don't get too cold in space. @hazbain @BrentMochizuki @GRIPSballoon

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@GRIPSballoon and the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory (STO) out for pointing tests. Getting close to launch!

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Calibrating the spacecraft Roll sensor. @GRIPSballoon @Calidarien

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Our prehistoric astronaut testing his flight seat. @GRIPSballoon

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As is piggyback instrument TILDAE @GRIPSballoon

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Piggyback instrument SolarT is on the boom and ready for flight @GRIPSballoon

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Just to prove it's not always clear blue skies here, today we've had a flurry of fresh snow. @GRIPSballoon

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We attach heatsinks to electrical parts in our computers so they don't overheat in space @GRIPSballoon @LoctiteGlue

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Dramatic lighting and @NDuncanSolar during today's planned power outage in the @GRIPSballoon high bay

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@GRIPSballoon moved into our office in the @AlbertPCrary Lab just in time for the festive decorations.

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More of the McMurdo commuter options. Ivan the terra bus @GRIPSBalloon

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@GRIPSBalloon testing GPS and line of sight telemetry. @HazBain @NDuncanSolar

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@GRIPSBalloon testing GPS and line of sight telemetry. @HazBain @NDuncanSolar

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Doors open for solar panels tests @GRIPSballoon

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Clear skies yesterday for more pointing control tests. @GRIPSballoon

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Command and telemetry testing over the TDRSS satellite network this morning @GRIPSballoon

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