Explorer II high-altitude balloon

Explorer II high-altitude balloon

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Credit: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Explorer II high-altitude balloon. Historical image of the Explorer II high-altitude balloon gondola being constructed. Explorer II was a manned balloon launched on 11th November 1935. It reached a record altitude of 22,066 metres and carried a two man crew inside the sealed spherical gondola. It carried a number of scientific instruments carried on the gondola that returned useful information about the stratosphere. Here it is at 24,000 ft. Photographed in 1935.

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