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from the 2003 Campaign

2003 Campaign

Louis Barbier's Pictures

Eric Christian's Pictures

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Louis Barbier's pictures

Sign welcoming drivers into the town of Alice Springs. This is on the main road from the airport.
Sign welcoming drivers into the town of Alice Springs. This is on the main road from the airport.
A herd of camels graze near the road. There is a camel farm in town.. WIDTH=
A herd of camels graze near the road. There is a camel farm in town.
A closer view of the camels.
A closer view of the camels.
The convention center was built just one year ago. We went to a New Year's Eve party there. It is attached to the casino
The convention center was built just one year ago. We went to a New Year's Eve party there. It is attached to the casino.
This is a view of the hangar where we are working. It is air conditioned so we don't suffer from the heat. We also have it wired for
This is a view of the hangar where we are working. It is air conditioned so we don't suffer from the heat. We also have it wired for "US" power - 120 V / 60 cycles.
This crane is used as the launch vehicle. An extension will be added to allow
the instrument to be picked up.. WIDTH=
This crane is used as the launch vehicle. An extension will be added to allow the instrument to be picked up.
The Outback Motor Lodge where the team stayed
The Outback Motor Lodge where the team stayed
Outback Motor Lodge - all the rooms have small kitchenettes for cooking
Outback Motor Lodge - all the rooms have small kitchenettes for cooking
Scott Murphy and Bob Hull vamp while waiting for activity
Scott Murphy and Bob Hull vamp while waiting for activity
Road sign advertising the camel farm and date farm, just outside the town. Camels are used to ride tourists around the Todd River.
Road sign advertising the camel farm and date farm, just outside the town. Camels are used to ride tourists around the Todd River.
Camel farm sign
Camel farm sign
Electronics testing
Electronics testing
The pumpkin (ULD) balloon arrives!
The pumpkin (ULD) balloon arrives!
This is the gap in the mountains that we drive through on our way into town. There are many such gaps around - they are nice places for hiking too!. WIDTH=
This is the gap in the mountains that we drive through on our way into town. There are many such gaps around - they are nice places for hiking too!
Road sign with distances to other Australian towns
Road sign with distance to other Australian towns
A row of sea containers - most of the equipment we use is shipped to from the US by sea in these cargo containers.
A row of sea containers - most of the equipment we use is shipped to from the US by sea in these cargo containers.
The Todd River flows through town - if you can say a river without water flows at all... Two years ago, however, the Todd overflowed and flooded the town. Hard to believe when looking at this.. WIDTH=
The Todd River flows through town - if you can say a river without water flows at all... Two years ago, however, the Todd overflowed and flooded the town. Hard to believe when looking at this.
The casino next to the convention center
The casino next to the convention center
The spool truck
The spool truck
Side view of NIGHTGLOW
Side view of NIGHTGLOW
Gap in MacDonnell range, looking west over Alice Springs from Anzac Hill
Gap in MacDonnell range, looking west over Alice Springs from Anzac Hill
IR sensors mounted on instrument
IR sensors mounted on instrument
NASA logo on NIGHTGLOW
NASA logo on NIGHTGLOW
Ongoing NIGHTGLOW assembly work
Ongoing NIGHTGLOW assembly work
Scott poses with NIGHTGLOW deck
Scott poses with NIGHTGLOW deck
NIGHTGLOW team poses on crane
NIGHTGLOW team poses on crane (from left to right): Rick Walker, Scott Murphy, Louis Barbier, Brian Albright, Roy Park, Tom Nolan, Bob Hull, Eric Christian, Stephen Holder
The landscape is covered with beautiful old gum trees.  The trunks and branches are twisted and the bark peels off like paper.
The landscape is covered with beautiful old gum trees. The trunks and branches are twisted and the bark peels off like paper.
Here's proof of the thundershowers that we had January 23 - a puddle of water/mud right outside the hangar where we work
Here's proof of the thundershowers that we had January 23 - a puddle of water/mud right outside the hangar where we work
Dr. Vernon Jones, the NASA Program Scientist for Suborbital Projects, is here to witness our launch and travel to Canberra to work out international agreements with Australia.  NASA has a representative in Canberra full-time.  I had a chance to talk with Vernon on January 22.
Dr. Vernon Jones, the NASA Program Scientist for Suborbital Projects, is here to witness our launch and travel to Canberra to work out international agreements with Australia. NASA has a representative in Canberra full-time. I had a chance to talk with Vernon on January 22.
Eric Christian works on the NIGHTGLOW software during the pre-flight ops
Eric Christian works on the NIGHTGLOW software during the pre-flight ops
The CAP - the Commandable Apex Package sits on top of the balloon and controls the valving and provides stress measurements in the balloon tendons, along with other readings.
The CAP - the Commandable Apex Package sits on top of the balloon and controls the valving and provides stress measurements in the balloon tendons, along with other readings.
Crawling all over the payload to get things ready for flight
Crawling all over the payload to get things ready for flight
The large crush pad feet have just gone on.  We put stacks of cardboard on the bottom of the legs - the idea is the cardboard crushes on landing - instead of the instrument!
The large crush pad feet have just gone on. We put stacks of cardboard on the bottom of the legs - the idea is the cardboard crushes on landing - instead of the instrument!
Now the crane has raised the payload higher - this is probably as high as they go. Soon they'll back up and take the balloon out of the building.
Now the crane has raised the payload higher - this is probably as high as they go. Soon they'll back up and take the balloon out of the building.
Roy Park hard at work - as usual!
Roy Park hard at work - as usual!
After a long night of waiting, the Sun is a welcome sight.
After a long night of waiting, the Sun is a welcome sight.
Tom Nolan working on GSE software refinements. I was very happy to have a map display showing the current payload position.
Tom Nolan working on GSE software refinements. I was very happy to have a map display showing the current payload position.
Bob Hull built the student payload - a visible and IR sensing system inside an insulated lunch box! Cheap and efficient.  It automatically switches between the two views.
Bob Hull built the student payload - a visible and IR sensing system inside an insulated lunch box ! Cheap and efficient. It automatically switches between the two views.
There's a lot of standing around while waiting to decide on a launch! Once the payload is picked up by the crane, we wait until the winds are favorable for moving to the flight-line and laying out the balloon. (this picture and next)
There's a lot of standing around while waiting to decide on a launch! Once the payload is picked up by the crane, we wait until the winds are favorable for moving to the flight-line and laying out the balloon. (this picture and next)
There's a lot of standing around while waiting to decide on a launch! Once the payload is picked up by the crane, we wait until the winds are favorable for moving to the flight-line and laying out the balloon.
There's a lot of standing around while waiting to decide on a launch! Once the payload is picked up by the crane, we wait until the winds are favorable for moving to the flight-line and laying out the balloon.
Satellite photo of Australia on January 31, 2003.  This shows the kinds of clouds we were dealing with then
Satellite photo of Australia on January 31, 2003. This shows the kinds of clouds we were dealing with then
Some beautiful little purple flowers seen while hiking around the Ghost Gum Tree
Some beautiful little purple flowers seen while hiking around the Ghost Gum Tree
Just a typical view of the desert that you see around Alice Springs.  There are low mountains on all sides, and you feel like you are inside a canyon.
Just a typical view of the desert that you see around Alice Springs. There are low mountains on all sides, and you feel like you are inside a canyon.
NIGHTGLOW outside hangar at night
NIGHTGLOW outside hangarat night
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night - from afar
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night - from afar
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night, looking like a UFO
NIGHTGLOW hanging from a crane at night, looking like a UFO - from afar
Anzac Hill
Anzac Hill
Anzac Hill
Anzac Hill
Kangaroo sign
Kangaroo sign
Wooden emu in a yard
Wooden emu in a yard
Wild emu
Wild emu
Wild emu
Wild emu
Cave paintings
Cave paintings
Cave paintings
Cave paintings
Emily Gap
Emily Gap
Emily Gap
Emily Gap
Jessie Gap sign
Jessie Gap sign
Two kangaroos hopping away along the road
I managed to snap this picture of two kangaroos hopping away along the road as we drove away from Trefina Gorge. We saw quite a few kangaroos, but this was the only picture I could get while driving.
A beautiful and large Ghost Gum Tree. The largest in the mountain range to the east of
A beautiful and large Ghost Gum Tree. The largest in the mountain range to the east of "The Alice" - as they call Alice Springs here
Closer view of Ghost Gum Tree
Closer view of Ghost Gum Tree
Different view of Ghost Gum Tree
Different view of Ghost Gum Tree
Ghost Gum canopy
Ghost Gum canopy
Sign about Ghost Gum
Ghost Gum sign
Sail Rock
Sail Rock
Side view of Sail Rock
Side view of Sail Rock
Sail Rock sign
Sail Rock sign
Sail
Rock
The official name of this formation is "Corroboree Rock". I call it Sail Rock for short - because it looks like a sail of a ship.
Sail Rock
Sail Rock
Sail Rock
Sail Rock
I took this picture of Eric through a large hole in Sail Rock
I took this picture of Eric through a large hole in Sail Rock
Trefina Gorge
Trefina Gorge
Trefina Gorge
Trefina Gorge
Trefina cave paintings
Trefina cave paintings
Trefina cave paintings
Trefina cave paintings
Eric took this picture of me at Trefina Gorge, after we ended our hike
Eric took this picture of me at Trefina Gorge, after we ended our hike
Another picture of me at Trefina Gorge
Another picture of me at Trefina Gorge
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
House in Alice Springs
Aluminum fence around Alice Springs yard
Aluminum fence around Alice Springs yard
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Close-up of Ewaninga rock carvings
Bob Hull by Ewaninga rock carvings
Bob Hull by Ewaninga rock carvings
Bob Hull birdwatching
Bob Hull birdwatching
Bush food
Bush food
Forklift at night
Forklift at night
NIGHTGLOW hanging from crane at dawn
NIGHTGLOW hanging from crane at night
Simpson's Gap
Simpson's Gap
Simpson's Gap
Simpson's Gap
Lizard guardian at Simpson's Gap
Lizard guardian at Simpson's Gap
Sign directing viewer to Scorpion Pool on the Larapinta Trail
Sign directing viewer to Scorpion Pool on the Larapinta Trail
No Swimming sign next to a tiny pool of water under a large rock
"No Swimming" sign next to a tiny pool of water under a large rock
Thorny devil at the reptile center
Thorny devil at the reptile center
Small lizards at the reptile center
Small lizards at the reptile center
Blue-tongued skink at the reptile center
Blue-tongued skink at the reptile center

Eric Christian's pictures

Sydney harbor bridge
Sydney harbor bridge
Sydney harbor
Sydney harbor
Doyle's restaurant on Watson's Bay in Sydney
Doyle's restaurant on Watson's Bay in Sydney
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Flying foxes asleep in trees at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Flying foxes asleep in trees at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Flying fox overhead at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Flying fox overhead at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Sulphur-crested cockatoo at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Sulphur-crested cockatoo at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Rainbow lorikeet at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Rainbow lorikeet at Sydney Botanical Gardens
Alice Springs sign
Alice Springs sign
Termite mound
Termite mound
Two black kites on a tree snag
Two black kites on a tree snag
Telegraph station compound in Alice Springs
Telegraph station compound in Alice Springs
Wild kangaroo at telegraph station
Wild kangaroo at telegraph station
Tree growing out of rock at telegraph station
Tree growing out of rock at telegraph station
Sunset behind a cloud at telegraph station
Sunset behind a cloud at telegraph station
White-rumped miner (bird) at telegraph station
White-rumped miner at telegraph station
Galah (bird) at telegraph station
Galah at telegraph station
Black kite (bird) soaring overhead at telegraph station
Black kite soaring overhead at telegraph station
Black kites (birds) roosting in trees at telegraph station
Black kites roosting in trees at telegraph station
Bob Hull's back covered with flies at Serpentine Gorge
Bob Hull's back covered with flies at Serpentine Gorge
Serpentine Gorge
Serpentine Gorge
View from top of Serpentine Gorge
View from top of Serpentine Gorge
Eric on rock at Serpentine Gorge
Eric on rock at Serpentine Gorge
A roadtrain - a multi-trailer truck. Bob Hull took this picture
A roadtrain - a multi-trailer truck. Bob Hull took this picture.
Louis in front of NIGHTGLOW in the hangar
Louis in front of NIGHTGLOW in the hangar
NIGHTGLOW in the hangar
NIGHTGLOW in the hangar
Heavytree Gap
Heavytree Gap
Heavytree Gap
Heavytree Gap
Rental cars
Rental cars
NIGHTGLOW on the crane
NIGHTGLOW on the crane
NIGHTGLOW on the crane
NIGHTGLOW on the crane
Desert treefrog living in hangar
Desert treefrog living in hangar
NIGHTGLOW rollout
NIGHTGLOW rollout
NIGHTGLOW team
NIGHTGLOW team
Louis being interviewed
Louis being interviewed
Todd River
Todd River
Todd River
Todd River
Rollout
Rollout
Rollout
Rollout
Simpson's Gap
Simpson's Gap
Ghost Gum tree
Ghost Gum tree
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Trephina Gorge - Louis is sitting on the rocks at the lower right
Trephina Gorge - Louis is sitting on the rocks at the lower right
Narrow side of Corroboree Rock
Narrow side of Corroboree Rock
Wide face of Corroboree Rock
Wide face of Corroboree Rock
Low water crossing
Low water crossing
The Todd River with water in it
The Todd River with water in it
Weather briefing
Weather briefing
Crowd watching the daily weather briefing
Crowd watching the daily weather briefing
Eric talking to Alice Springs High School students
Eric talking to Alice Springs High School students
Profiteroles
Profiteroles
NIGHTGLOW on the crane at night
NIGHTGLOW on the crane at night
Scott Murphy at Firkin & Hound pub
Scott Murphy at Firkin & Hound pub
Glen Helen Gorge
Glen Helen Gorge
Rocks at the top of Glen Helen Gorge
Rocks at the top of Glen Helen Gorge
Jewelled gecko at Glen Helen lodge
Jewelled gecko at Glen Helen lodge
The Red Gum tree branch that hit my rental car
The Red Gum tree branch that hit my rental car
The whole Red Gum branch
The whole Red Gum branch
Gum tree in river at Simpson's Gap
Gum tree in river at Simpson's Gap
Ridge on the way to Glen Helen Gorge
Ridge on the way to Glen Helen Gorge
Ochre pits
Ochre pits
Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge
Mt. Sonder
Mt. Sonder
Galah (bird)
Galah
Flock of galah
Flock of galah
Wallaby
Wallaby
Wallaby
Wallaby
Wallaby
Wallaby
Bearded lizard
Bearded lizard
Lizard
Lizard
Black kite (bird)
Black kite
Ghost Moth
Ghost Moth
Red kangaroo jumping away
Red kangaroo jumping away
Red kangaroo resting in the shade
Red kangaroo resting in the shade
Young red kangaroo
Young red kangaroo
Bob Hull took this picture of a Red Kangaroo at the old telegraph station in Alice Springs
Bob Hull took this picture of a Red Kangaroo at the old telegraph station in Alice Springs
Twoline dragon lizard
Twoline dragon lizard
Crested pigeon
Crested pigeon
Spinifex grass
Spinifex grass
Maybe a cactus?
Maybe a cactus?
Largest Ghost Gum in the Eastern MacDonnell mountains
Largest Ghost Gum in the Eastern MacDonnell mountains
Helicopter at Glen Helen
Helicopter at Glen Helen
Crane holding NIGHTGLOW
Crane holding NIGHTGLOW
Truck filled with helium for the balloon
Truck filled with helium for the balloon
Spool truck
Spool truck
Truck modified for the Outback
Truck modified for the Outback

Scott Murphy's pictures

A camel in Alice Springs
A camel in Alice Springs
NIGHTGLOW keel and deck
NIGHTGLOW keel and deck
NIGHTGLOW deck before anything else is on
NIGHTGLOW deck before anything else is on
Stephen and Roy carrying the dolly
Stephen and Roy carrying the dolly
Roy in front of NIGHTGLOW
Roy in front of NIGHTGLOW
Aussie frog looks on
Aussie frog looks on
Plane into Alice Springs
Plane into Alice Springs
Inside the hangar
Inside the hangar
Morning view of Sydney from my hotel room
Morning view of Sydney from my hotel room
Front door of hangar
Front door of hangar
Alice Springs stone sign
Alice Springs stone sign
Witchetty bush
Witchetty bush
NIGHTGLOW and crane
NIGHTGLOW and crane
Telescope without shroud
Telescope without shroud
Two of the NIGHTGLOW telescopes
Two of the NIGHTGLOW telescopes
Spinifex pland and termite mound
Spinifex plant and termite mound
NIGHTGLOW
NIGHTGLOW
Kangaroo looking on
Kangaroo looking on
Camel in Alice Springs
Camel in Alice Springs
Filling the balloon during TIGER mission in Antarctica - December 2001
Filling the balloon during TIGER mission in Antarctica - December 2001
Alice Springs Rydges
Alice Springs Rydges
Roos under bush
Roos under bush

NSBF pictures

NIGHTGLOW electronics deck after landing
NIGHTGLOW electronics deck after landing
NIGHTGLOW instrument recovery in Outback
NIGHTGLOW instrument recovery in Outback
NIGHTGLOW instrument returns to hangar from Outback
NIGHTGLOW instrument returns to hangar from Outback
This file was last modified August 4, 2003