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Scientific Ballooning

Balloon Program Office

About BPO

Producing New Science

  • BOOMERanG and MAXIMA flights mapped the anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background...
    • Result confirmed the inflation model of the early universe
  • Cosmic Ray antiprotons were identified...
    • They were shown to be the result of well known cosmic rays colliding with the interstellar gas and dust, placing constraints on the kind of supersymmetric particle that makes up the dark matter.
  • Early detecions of...
    • Gamma-ray lines from SN1987A
    • Positron emission from the Galaxy
    • Black hole X-ray transients in the galactic center region
  • Balloons observed chloroflurocarbon (CFCs) and chlorine monoxide (CIO) radicals in the stratosphere...
    • Confirmed the CFC ozone-depletion theroy.

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Scientific Balloon Update

Report back for the latest update from NASA's Balloon Program Office.