[FPSPACE] Fwd: NSF telescope lifted into Antarctic skies by balloon

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
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 *   NSF telescope lifted into Antarctic skies by balloon<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYzUCidndgCicNEpee?format=standard>
The National Science Foundation launched a telescope-bearing helium balloon to 22 miles over Earth from its Long Duration Balloon center in Antarctica on Tuesday. This will be the fifth and last journey for the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope, or BLAST, which will document submillimeter light waves from the Milky Way to help NASA scientists examine the lack of new stars in our galaxy. "BLAST found lots of so-called dark cores in our own Milky Way -- dense clouds of cold dust that are supposed to be stars-in-the-making," said Canadian researcher Barth Netterfield, who is co-leading the balloon's current mission. Space.com<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYzUCidndgCicNEpee?format=standard> (12/26) [http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sm_share.gif]  [http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/linkedin.gif]<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYAqCidndgCicNPwWC> [http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/facebook.gif]<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYArCidndgCicNQhhV> [http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/twitter.gif]<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYAsCidndgCicNSlPW> [http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/btn_email_story_gray1.gif]<http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/edszCjsBbdCfnYAtCidndgCicNVKWJ>

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