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One of two Ion-Neutral Coupling during Active Aurora payloads begins its trip to the launch pad at Poker Flat Research Range where it will be mated with a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket.  Photo by NASA/Terry Zaperach

Poker Flat rocket launch to study energy movement during aurora

Geophysical Institute
March 22, 2022
Assistant professor Stephen Kaeppler of Clemson University is the principal investigator. Space physicist Mark Conde of the University of Alaska...
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The snow kit contains a booklet and supplies. UAF/GI photo by JR Ancheta.

Free educational kits teach about snow, Alaska Native culture

Geophysical Institute
March 18, 2022
How much do you know about snow? Sure, it’s cold, it’s white, and it’s a regular part of life in the Far North. But how much do you really know...
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A NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket launches from Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks at 2:27 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022. Photo by NASA/Terry Zaperach

NASA rocket launches from Poker Flat in search of aurora answers

Geophysical Institute
March 5, 2022
A NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket soared high out of Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks at 2:27 a.m. Saturday to learn more about...
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Technicians work with the James Webb Space Telescope NIRSpec microshutter array prior to delivery. Photo by Astrium/NIRSpec

GI scientist waits to see outcome of his work on Webb telescope

Geophysical Institute
February 23, 2022
in the coming months and years, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute associate research professor Gunther Kletetschka, prior to...
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Citizen scientists invited to contribute to aurora research

Geophysical Institute
February 22, 2022
The upcoming NASA LAMP launch from Poker Flat Research Range presents an opportunity for “citizen scientist” involvement through Aurorasaurus, a...
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The NASA LAMP payload undergoes final integration at the Poker Flat Research Range in February 2022. Photo by Terry Zaperach/NASA

Rocket to launch from Poker Flat in probe of mysterious pulsating aurora

Geophysical Institute
February 22, 2022
Scientists also want to learn about flickering that occurs within the pulsating aurora. Pulsating auroras turn on and off about every two to 20...
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Photo courtesy Charlie Parr

Student’s research gets Editor’s Choice Award

Geophysical Institute
February 1, 2022
A research paper by Charlie Parr, a graduate student and former Geophysical Institute research technician who now works at the International...
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A member of an expedition group stands on the edge of a newly formed crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia in November 2014. Photo by Vladimir Pushkarev, Reuters via Nova

Nova episode explores Arctic methane explosions

Geophysical Institute
January 31, 2022
Mysterious massive holes have been appearing across the Arctic landscape, and a team of scientists is investigating the cause and the impact in a...
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A sign greets visitors at the "Snow: Tiny Crystals, Global Impact" exhibit in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Molly Schmitz

Traveling museum exhibit shows importance of snow

Geophysical Institute
January 27, 2022
Snow is a key to life on Earth. It reflects up to 80% of sunlight, functioning as an essential cooling radiator for the planet. It becomes liquid...
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