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Scientists Launching Giant Balloons To Study Climate Change
2011-09-14 12:35:56

  Scientists and engineers from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford are launching a gigantic helium balloon to investigate the feasibility of climate engineering. The balloon is being launched in October and will investigate the engineering challenges posed by such a project. The university scientists will also be working with Marshall Aerospace on the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) project. The 65-foot long balloon will rise 12...

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2011-07-07 13:42:22

The Swedish space center said Thursday that scientists were forced to stop building a project to test the impact of stars when a balloon carrying an X-ray telescope began leaking helium. "We sent it up without any problems, but then we were forced to take it down. It was leaking, and when a balloon leaks it loses height," Johanna Bergstroem-Roos of the Esrange Space Center, near Kiruna in northern Sweden, told AFP. The Polarized Gamma-ray Observer (PoGoLite) is a telescope dangling from an...

2011-05-25 08:00:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Five-year-old Caiden White's patriotic grin stood out from the crowd, beating out more than 1,500 entries nationwide to become this year's Balloon Time® "Put A Face On Fun" contest winner. As a reward, Caiden participated in a professional photo shoot and will be featured on Balloon Time's packaging over the next year, and she will head to sea on a Disney Cruise Line® vacation with her family. (Photo:...

2010-09-29 08:00:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot air balloon enthusiasts and novices alike will come together in joyful expectation as more than 500 balloons launch each morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the 39th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (http://www.BalloonFiesta.com). From October 2nd - 10th, hundreds of thousands of spectators will experience the amazement and wonder of the 2010 event themed "Earth, Wind and Flyers." (Photo:...

2010-05-17 11:35:00

CHICAGO, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- With the spring graduation season upon us and outdoor summer parties being planned, ComEd reminds customers to keep Mylar balloons tethered at all times. This helps reduce the chance of metallic balloons making contact with electrical lines and causing power outages, fires and possible injuries. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/CG05971) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100517/CG05971) In the last four years, metallic...

2010-05-03 16:06:00

NEW ORLEANS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A new adjustable intragastric balloon appears to help obese patients lose significant amounts of weight and could be more tolerable than traditional intragastric balloons which must be removed after six months. Six month data from a pilot study of Spatz-FGIA Inc.'s Adjustable Balloon System were presented in a poster today at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2010 in New Orleans (abstract M1507). "Our excellent results are due, in part, to our ability to...

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2010-04-29 10:28:31

A NASA science balloon crashed during a launch attempt in Australia today, possibly destroying its multimillion dollar payload, wrecking into a car, and nearly injuring spectators. According to reports from the UK newspaper The Register, "The giant gasbag was intended to ascend 20 miles to the edge of space, there to measure cosmic gamma-ray emissions and probe the mysteries of the universe. Unfortunately the launch near the town of Alice Springs went wrong and the small-truck sized payload...

2009-10-02 08:35:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® "Mass Happiness," launching October 3-11, is bringing hot air balloonists and tourists from around the globe to Albuquerque, New Mexico (http://www.itsatrip.org). The 38th annual Balloon Fiesta (http://www.balloonfiesta.com) will feature 550 registered hot air and gas balloons and 650 balloon pilots representing 17 countries and 37 states. Every October, during these nine...

2009-09-11 16:26:00

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park Balloon reached a milestone in August. More than 100,000 people have enjoyed an aerial view of Orange County from 400 feet in the air from the Great Park Balloon since it took its first flight July 14, 2007. The orange tethered helium balloon is the iconic symbol and the first major permanent feature of the Orange County Great Park. The Great Park Balloon is located in the 27.5 acre Preview Park, which offers year-round...


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