What is the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project?
Building on the highly successful NASA and NSF-sponsored National Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP) implemented during the 2017, 2019, and 2020 total solar eclipses, this new effort will broaden participation of STEM learners by immersing teams from a wide range of higher education institutions in an innovative NASA-mission-like adventure in data acquisition and analysis through scientific ballooning during the 10/14/2023 annular and 4/8/2024 total solar eclipses.
NEBP includes development and implementation of two learner-centered activity tracks – engineering and atmospheric science. At sites along the eclipse path, student teams in the engineering track will use innovative larger balloon systems to live stream video to the NASA eclipse website, observe in situ perturbations in atmospheric phenomena, and conduct individually designed experiments. Atmospheric science track teams will make frequent observations by launching hourly radiosondes on helium-filled weather balloons. Student participants will work with atmospheric science experts throughout the project and will publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
The project will fully support 70 teams, with the capacity to include an additional 15 that purchase their own equipment and supplies. The 70 teams will be divided into ten pods to facilitate effective education. NEBP will provide a learning environment that uses evidence and equity-based practices to make certain the 1,000+ participants are (and feel) supported, engaged, and valued. In addition, NEBP will provide infrastructure tools and best practices to help participating institutions build collaborations that could continue far beyond the scope of this project.
NEBP is supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate Science Activation program and by NASA's Space Grant College and Fellowship program. (Award number 80NSSC22M0003)
Want to participate?
Teams that would like to participate must submit a team proposal by October 28, 2022. Solicitation linked here.
More details about the current project are available in the subcategories on the left.
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Left: radiosonde launch preparation. Center: atmospheric gravity waves over Chile. Right: engineering balloon flight preparation.
2017 Engineering Track Video Montage
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