KY Space Grant TP-23-007: Support for UK National Eclipse Ballooning Project Team

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Support for UK National Eclipse Ballooning Project Team PI Sean Bailey ABSTRACT The National Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP) is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Sci- Act funded effort seeks to leverage the confluence of scientific ballooning and the phenomena of the solar eclipse to promote science education and involvement. This will be done through participation in a nationwide data acquisition and analysis campaign seeking to measure the impact of the eclipse on atmospheric properties during the 10/14/2023 annular and 4/8/2024 total solar eclipses. This particular proposed effort seeks to support the UK team of undergraduate students who have been selected to represent the University of Kentucky in the NEBP. Funds will be used to support student training, materials and supplies, travel and participation in the summer workshop to be hosted by University of Kentucky in Summer 2023 in preparation for the October 2023 annular eclipse. The student team members will be part of a `pod'' of researchers from North Dakota, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Kentucky and will learn alongside these other teams how to conduct radiosonde weather balloon launches in support of the science effort, how to measure the atmospheric response to the sharp transition in solar radiation, and receive training on the data analysis and data management required by such a large-scale project. As such, the team project is well aligned with the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Data+Science and Earth+Space themes.
Effective start/end date7/1/236/30/24


  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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