Atmospheric balloon

Atmospheric balloon

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Credit: CLAUS LUNAU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Atmospheric research balloon. Computer illustration of an atmospheric research balloon in the stratosphere. It is at around 39,000 metres up, and Mount Everest (8848 metres), a Boeing 747 (or Jumbo, at 9144 metres) and Concorde (at 18,000 metres) are shown for altitude scale. This balloon is 120 metres in diameter. At this altitude it could study the ozone layer, which extends from 15-40 kilometres up and protects the surface from much of the ultraviolet radiation from the Sun. Balloons such as this could drift through the atmosphere for long periods, providing constant readings on stratospheric conditions.

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Keywords: art, artwork, atmosphere, atmospheric research, balloon, climate, concorde, everest, jumbo, mount everest, research, weather balloon

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