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February 4, 2023

Heavy Cosmic Rays – Part II: The Death and Life of SuperTIGER-II

The season before SuperTIGER-II’s successful 2019 flight, the payload had an unexpectedly short flight over Antarctica. Brought down after less than a day because of a problem with the balloon carrying it, it landed in a crevasse field 150 miles from McMurdo Station. This could easily have ended in calamity. Instead, it led to one of the most daring and complicated recoveries of a long-duration balloon payload in recent memory.

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