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MOSAIC Arctic climate expedition sendoff and planetarium show trailer

Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 5:00PM - 6:30PM


Fiske Planetarium

Please join us for an evening at Fiske Planetarium, as we prepare to set off on one of the most important Arctic climate expeditions to date.

More than two dozen scientists, engineers, educators, and others from the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA will join scientists from 16 other nations for the international MOSAiC mission starting this fall: the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. The German icebreaker Polarstern will begin MOSAiC’s journey in Tromsö, Norway, sailing north of the Northern Lights and parking against a block of sea ice. The Polarstern will drift with the ice for 12 full months, much like the ship of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen 125 years ago.

Two CU Boulder graduate students, who are funded by the National Science Foundation, are working with colleagues at Fiske, the broader university, and across the world to produce a planetarium show about the expedition. They’ll be aboard Polarstern for weeks at a time, capturing 360-degree and virtual reality footage depicting the stress and the excitement of this challenging scientific mission.