Balloon Altitude Record Attempt today.

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posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 08:35 AM
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news.bbc.co.uk...

Hopefully, I will be able to see this from my house as I'm only a few miles away.



And the company that is sponsoring the attempt.

www.qinetiq.com...

Looks like they've got thier fingers in a lot of pies.




posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 01:28 PM
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I read that the balloon was the size of the Empire State building, a 1,270 ft high helium balloon!

They also said that the conditions on their open platform will resemble those on the surface of Mars, with temperatures dropping as low as -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), then rising to around -25C (-13F) and with high levels of radiation.

The record they are trying to break has stood for 40 years and was set by 2 men from the US Navy, I hope these guys are successful and safe. Should be quite a sight!



posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 04:26 PM
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Unfortunately, the attempt has been put back 24 hours because of bad weather.

In the meantime there are some interesting bits of information and statistics here: news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 04:32 PM
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It said on the 1 o'clock news today that those of us in northern Europe should be able to see it if it's a clear day. It's the size of the empire building now but when it get up there it get's 40x bigger. Now if that's true that one freckin big ballon
I bet the reports of UFO's shoots up



posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 04:40 PM
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lol sounds cool!! ill have to look out for it!





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