CDN scientists on Antarctic mission aim to reveal cosmic origins

This is dedication. I mean, you could find research that would take you to Hawaii but noooo - off to the coldest place in the world. I'm looking forward to the results!

Together with colleagues from seven universities, Dr. Netterfield’s goal is to launch SPIDER, a 3,600 kilogram balloon-borne detector that will drift with the wind above the snow-covered landscape and gather ancient light from the early cosmos. Large portions of the international project were constructed in Toronto, including the gondola that will hang from the balloon and carry SPIDER’s precious microwave detectors. After two months of assembly and testing at McMurdo Station, the Antarctic research base operated by the U.S. National Science Foundation, SPIDER’s maiden flight is expected within a matter of days.