The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

UNIS is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen, at the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (78º N). UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology.
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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)Dec 2, 2021 @ 9:30am
3 - 2 -1 - Rocket launch! On December 1, a NASA Rocket was launched to study a mysterious area above the North Pole, called the polar cusp.

Radio and GPS signals behave strangely when they travel through this part of the sky, and scientists and spacecraft operators have also noticed that spacecrafts passing through this region slow down. The air in the cusp is noticeably denser than air elsewhere.

To study this, the C-REX-2A-rocket was launched from Andøya Space Center, loaded with 20 soda can-sized canisters filled with vapor tracers (about the same stuff you find in fireworks).

The canisters were set to rupture at different altitudes, and the colourful clouds painted the sky, revealing how air moves in this unusual section of the atmosphere, for the scientists to study further!

📷 Mikko Syjrâsuo

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