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'HEROES' to Fly High: NASA Researchers' Innovative, Balloon-Borne Solar/Space Imager Selected for Agency Training Award
Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Susan Hendrix
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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A balloon-borne gondola bearing NASA's HERO science mission safely lands in a Kansas field in 2005. The new HEROES flight project adapts and expands on that successful mission. › Large (1025 x 769, 300 ppi)
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NASA's HERO gondola safely lands in a Kansas field in 2005. Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., now are jointly preparing a new mission that adapts and expands that successful original project. In the fall of 2013, the High Energy Replicated Optics to Explore the Sun project, or HEROES, will be lofted by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere, where it will study the sun's magnetic energy by day and observe a variety of astrophysical targets at night. The project was selected for NASA's Hands-On Project Experience (HOPE) Training Opportunity award -- an honor designed to promote achievement among America's civil-service space scientists and engineers. (NASA/MSFC)

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