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November 02, 2023

NASA C-130 Makes Inaugural Trip to Antarctica

Flight Supports NASA’s GUSTO Balloon Mission

On 28 October 2023, following a grueling journey undertaken for purpose of delivering NASA’s Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO), the space agency’s C-130 Hercules touched down safely at McMurdo Station on the southern tip of Antarctica’s Ross Island. A United States research station, McMurdo is operated by the National Science Foundation and hosts NASA’s Antarctic long-duration balloon campaign, via which the GUSTO mission will take a scientific balloon flight beginning December 2023.

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