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Educational Balloon Provides Space Shuttle Launch Images and Video From Over 110,000 feet

2 Mar 2011, 15:09 UTC
Educational Balloon Provides Space Shuttle Launch Images and Video From Over 110,000 feet
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Last week a balloon with a student-oriented payload shot high resolution photos and video from an altitude of over 110,000 feet of Space Shuttle Discovery as it climbed into space.These images and video were released today as part of a mission report provided by Quest for Stars representative Bobby Russell at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) at the University of Central Florida. More information on this conference can be found at http://nsrc.swri.org The images and video can be viewed online at http://questforstars.com/Co-sponsored by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, this mission, dubbed "Robonaut-1", is one in a series of flights conducted by Quest for Stars, a California-based non-profit educational organization that uses off-the-shelf hardware and a little ingenuity to allow students to place experiments at the edge of space at exceptionally low cost.Quest for Stars and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education have now joined together to promote the use of these low cost delivery systems. This mission was the first of what is hoped to be many future collaborations.A helium-filled balloon carrying the "Robonaut-1" payload was launched at 3:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, 24 February 2011 from Chiefland, Florida so as to be in position for ...

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