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This NASA Telescope Was Recovered After A Year On Ice

Feb 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET

Scientists just recovered a NASA telescope trapped in snow for over a year.

Recovered a few weeks ago in Antarctica, it was part of a NASA balloon mission that launched in January 2016. The telescope, which studied solar flares, was inside the football field-sized balloon. After 12 days, the balloon was popped and the scientists recovered the mission’s data.

But because of the approaching harsh winter conditions, they were unable to recover the drop — until now. Despite the year on ice, the telescope was not damaged. Scientists hope to put it back to work in the near future.