My name is Gwynne Crowder and I work on
TopHat, a scientific project in the field of experimental
cosmology. I am 20 years old and attend the University
of Chicago. I am leaving for Antarctica on November
6 and should be there through approximately January
I'm on *the ice*, I am keeping in contact with
some 5th and 6th grade classes. On this webpage,
I will share what my experiences are like in a
journal, have pictures
to show, and run some experiments with the students.
Before I left, I visited the classes, one in Carlisle,
Indiana and one in St.
Paul, Minnesota so that I could introduce
myself and what I'm doing to the students. Please
go see the pictures from these presentations!
Also, there are some pictures from the place where
I work. If you have any questions or comments,
PLEASE send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To check out answers to questions that I have
Experiments for Beginning Scientists
Solar Locator Project
University of Chicago (my school!), University
of Wisconsin, NASA and the Danish Space Research
We are releasing a helium balloon that will go
above about 99% of the atmosphere.
We release the balloon from McMurdo, Antarctica.
McMurdo is on Ross Island in the Ross Sea.
To measure the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.
From our measurements, we will be able to calculate
the total mass and energy of our universe. This
means we can determine the age and fate of our
The actual balloon launch will take place between
December 25 and January 15. The flight will take
about 2 weeks.