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Breaking the Record and a visit to Cosray: January 20-21, 2013

21 Jan 2013, 11:36 UTC
Breaking the Record and a visit to Cosray: January 20-21, 2013
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On Sunday morning, Super-TIGER surpassed CREAM I's duration of 41 days, 21 hours and 31 minutes to become the longest Antarctic Long-Duration Balloon flight!We're still about 1/3 of the way through our third time around the continent, so we'll certainly make the record a lot harder to beat in the coming days. Sunday afternoon the McMurdo team got a tour of the Cosray (short for Cosmic Rays) building near McMurdo from Paul Evenson of the University of Delaware. This building houses the longest-running experiment in Antarctica, a cosmic-ray neutron monitor that first went online during the 1959-1960 season, although it was moved a year or so later so that it would be farther away from the nuclear power plant (which no longer exists). The Cosray building is about halfway between McMurdo and Scott Base, so we drove by it every day on the way out to LDB.Inside the building, there's a small kitchen set and a living room with some couches and a bookshelf full of physics reference books.We first went into the data room, where three laptops are continuously working and sending data off-continent over the internet. There's a very sensitive barometer, which is necessary for making corrections to ...

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