Xandu writes "BLAST, the
Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, was launched
on the 11th at 11:09 UTC from
Esrange in northern Sweden, and
is currently floating over Greenland. BLAST is a
with a 2 meter primary mirror that hangs from a 1.1 million m^3 balloon floating at an
altitude of 38km that will study the star formation history of the universe.
It will float west at nearly constant latitude for about 5 days
before the flight is terminated over northwest Canada or northern Alaska. Real
time position and
flight track is available from the NSBF.
Two of the graduate students working on the project have
of the entire (8 week) prep period, including several launch photos. The
traditional coverage as well.
And if that isn't geeky enough to make it on Slashdot, the flight computers
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