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COSI Termination

I’m saddened to report that the COSI/SPB balloon flight was terminated much earlier than expected. The balloon developed a leak after the first day at float and we decided to increase the chances of instrument recovery this season instead of continuing operations for as … Continue reading

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It’s a harsh continent

The last launch attempt was tough. We got so close. Closer than most of us on COSI have ever been to launching a payload that we have worked on. In fact, we got past a point that CSBF said there … Continue reading

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6th time’s the charm!

ANITA had their 6th roll out this morning and after a few snags they made it out to the flight line and had a gorgeous launch! For many of us, on COSI and ANITA, this was the first balloon launch … Continue reading

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The Crud

The infamous McMurdo Crud. Anyone who has been down here knows about it, probably too well. It’s your common cold &/or stomach bug, but it spreads like no other. It seems like there is no way of avoiding it. Hand … Continue reading

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We’ve arrived and it’s gorgeous!!

It’s been just over 24 hours since we touched down on the Ice, and unfortunately my writing skills are not refined enough for me to explain how amazing it is here. The view are so much more than I was … Continue reading

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The Beginning…

It’s been somewhat of a tradition amongst Boggs’ past graduate students to blog while on balloon campaigns. I volunteered/was peer pressured into being the main blogger of the COSI ’14 balloon campaign to Antarctica and the adventures which will most … Continue reading

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