GRIPS Balloon Recovered in Antarctica

The recovery of the GRIPS Balloon Gondola was staged from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and took place over a series of day trips out to the gondola landing site. We were able to recover all the high priority science and electronic components, although bad weather and a fuel crisis at the Pole prevented us from being able to recover the main gondola frame.

All of the recovered equipment is currently on its way back to the United States on the yearly resupply vessel from McMurdo Station. Hopefully we’ll see it all back in Berkeley in a couple of months!

A video of the GRIPS Balloon Launch, Flight and Recovery can be viewed,

The Complete NASA Article is here.