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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
SPIDER is a balloon-borne instrument that will be launched in December and will fly above Antarctica, its telescopes and cameras turned toward the skies to observe the faint signatures left over from the Big Bang. SPIDER’s telescopes need to operate … Continue reading
You know it’s time to leave a party when people start talking about the weather. No one cares. But every time we met a fellow traveler in Christchurch, New Zealand, the question was “How’s the weather in McMurdo? Have you heard … Continue reading
A few hours before departing for Antarctica, Jamil Shariff, a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, talked about the upcoming trip with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Matt Galloway. Listen to it here.
With the SPIDER hardware having made its way safely to McMurdo Station, the scientists are now on their way to the frozen continent. The first group left their home institutions a week ago today. Graduate students Anne Gambrel and Edward … Continue reading
The SPIDER flight cryostat (Theo) has arrived at McMurdo station. Mr. Shrinkwrap appears to have done a great job (see photos below). The first wave of scientists departs from the U.S. this coming Thursday. Excitement is building!
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by Morgan Kelly, Princeton University Office of Communications Assembled or taken apart, SPIDER exhibits such size and complexity that it’s hard to believe how William Jones, a Princeton University assistant professor of physics, so easily accepts that the instrument will … Continue reading