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Professor Michael Skrutskie participated in the launch and operation of the Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) flight from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner New Mexico on September 25. Under nearly ideal wind conditions BOPPS flew at an altitude of 124,000 feet for 18 hours demonstrating the promise of competitive near-infrared and ultraviolet planetary science observations from a balloon platform.

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