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Campagne Austral 2017

The Austral campaign took place in April 2017 at the Alice Springs stratospheric balloon launch base in Australia.
This international project was composed of different missions: PILOT (to map magnetic fields in interstellar clouds in the Milky Way, and thus study the role they play in star formation), CLIMAT (to study the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere) and CARMEN/CASOLBA (to calibrate solar cells in real, near-space conditions). Researchers used balloons to carry scientific pods to an altitude of several dozen kilometres. Balloon measurements are more economical and simpler to implement than those carried out with satellites. They also allow data to be collected that cannot be obtained from the ground using telescopes because the Earth's atmosphere blocks some of the radiation from the stars.

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