Update January 22: Super-TIGER has broken the official NASA balloon record. And yes, there's a trophy for that. Which has already reached the team in Antarctica. (Yet it takes a week for UPS to deliver a simple package within the continental United States. What is up with that? But we digress.)
image via Even though it comes from NASA, this balloon flight trophy looks suspiciously repurposed.
Currently Super-TIGER has been circling Antarctica for 45 days, handily shattering the old record of 42 days, set back in the winter of 2004-2005. And it's not done yet: The Super-TIGER research team, based at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, believes the balloon has another eight to ten days to go before it circles back to McMurdo, whereupon the scientists will bring the sucker down and retrieve the two tons of scientific equipment aboard.
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