BARREL (Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses) is a multiple-balloon investigation that will study Earth's Radiation Belts.
Atmospheric losses of relativistic electrons play an important role in radiation belt dynamics; precipitation into the atmosphere may even completely deplete the radiation belts in some cases.
BARREL is the first NASA Living With a Star Geospace Mission of Opportunity, and will support NASA's RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) mission.
Science never rests and weekends can be when the best research is done! And other times things just get a little silly. We've been having daily telecons and we have collaborators calling in from all over the globe. We have the teams in Antarctica calling in from time to time, Craig calling from Fiji, and people from all across the US. Today was our first Saturday telecon had some great science discussions but also a great quote... Unfortunetly I didn't catch who said it so if you know, please tell me so that I can give credit where credit is due!
[BARREL and the Van Allen Probes]It's a globe girdling collaboration