Solar telescope reaches 120,000 feet on jumbo-jet-sized balloon

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12/26/2017 12:12 PM EST

Balloon the size of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet

In October 2007, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and a team of research partners successfully launched a solar telescope to an altitude of 120,000 feet using this balloon, which is larger than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The test cleared the way for …

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