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BLAST Launched on December 27, 04:06Z. As of January 2, BLAST was located at 81 deg. 50 min. South, 87 deg. 37 min. West on a heading of 289 deg. at 28 kts. The balloon altitude was 127.3 Kft.

The balloon flight carrying the CREAM VI payload was terminated earlier than planned after 5 days 16 hours. The balloon and payload landed on the opposite side of the Antarctic continent from McMurdo Station. Plans for recovery of the equipment are now underway and an investigation will determine the cause for earlier than planned termination of the flight. Science minimum duration requirements were achieved.

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