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Author Archives: Zigmund Kermish
SPIDER has launched!
The past 48 hours has been a whirlwind, crash-course in the thrilling ride that is scientific ballooning. As I write this, SPIDER has been officially declared ‘at float’ at an altitude of 36 kilometers, our cryogenic system is functioning beautifully, our … Continue reading
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SPIDER emerges into the sunlight
Last week was an eventful one for SPIDER, myself, and for the Long Duration Balloon (LDB) facility here in Antarctica. The first launch of the season happened this Thursday, with a beautiful launch of the first of the three balloon-borne … Continue reading
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Nearing flight readiness!
It’s been an exciting week here on the Ice. The other two experiments here with us, ANITA and COSI, have declared themselves ‘flight ready’ and gone through compatibility testing with a hang test on the launch vehicle. That means the … Continue reading
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Putting SPIDER together
Zigmund Kermish is an associate research scholar at Princeton University. To ship SPIDER to Antarctica, where it will be attached to a balloon and floated over the icy continent to search for signals from the early Universe, the researchers had … Continue reading
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Wait, why am I in Antarctica?
Zigmund Kermish is an associate research scholar at Princeton University. He blogs here. I realized I’ve not yet written a blog post explaining why my experiment is in Antarctica. Things are temporarily quiet on the Ice while we’ve been waiting … Continue reading
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On the ice!
McMurdo is a strange cross between a mining town and college dorm for scientists and other interesting folks… After many delays, some to be expected for a project this large and complex, others simply out of our control, SPIDER is … Continue reading
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