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January 14, 2001

 

January 14, 2001 -- After an almost 17 day flight the ATIC balloon flight was terminated on January 13, 2001 at 4:56 p.m. local time.  The instrument took about 40 minutes to parachute down to the Antarctic continent surface.  Observation from the chase LC-130 plane indicate that the experiment landed upright and appears to be in good condition.  The landing site is at latitude 75 degrees 30.13 minutes South, longitude 154 degrees 5.23 minutes East.

During the flight all system performed very well and we have more than 45 Gbytes of high energy cosmic ray measurements recorded on-board.  We are now in the process of working with NSF to develop a plan to recover the data disks as well as the remainder of the payload.

 


The track of the ATIC experiment after completing its alsmost 17 day flight. 

   
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