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Floating at the Edge of Space

Nobel Prize-winning Research Started with Balloon Flights

Nobel Prize-winning Research Started with Balloon Flights When the Nobel Prize in Physics was announced in Stockholm, Sweden, last fall, there was celebration in Palestine, Texas, home of the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. That’s because the scientific balloon program, operated for NASA by New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory, helped blaze the trail to […]

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Floating at the Edge of Space

By Karl Hill Scientific balloons are often the vehicle of choice When it’s summertime in Antarctica, the ballooning is great.Two ambitious research collaborations found that to be the case a few months ago, when scientific balloons launched from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, carried their experiments to the edge of space. “These flights turned out to be […]

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