Mark McConnell – Ballooning for Science

Mark McConnell – Ballooning for Science

Jul 21, 2014
Logo for the the Gamma Ray Polarimeter Experiment, or GRAPE

Mark McConnell uses high altitude balloons to position detectors 130,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. At this height, they hover between the edge of space and the outermost limits of the Earth’s atmosphere. This allows for the collection of unhindered measurements of gamma radiation from space. “We are attempting a type of measurement that gives new insights into high energy phenomena in the Universe and provides training for the next generation of scientists,” he explains. The current experiment is known as the Gamma Ray Polarimeter Experiment, or GRAPE.

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