NCAR researchers probe stratosphere


  • Anonymous


At the unlikely hour of 1:00 a.m. on May 5 in the predawn darkness of the New Mexico desert a glimmering balloon was launched from Holloman Air Force Base. The 600-foot-tall balloon, the largest ever launched from Holloman, bore a sophisticated atmospheric measuring system to an altitude of 41 km to be tested in the near-space environment at that altitude prior to its launch into real space aboard NASA's Nimbus 7 satellite.