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USSR-1 high-altitude balloon, before take-off. This Soviet balloon set a world record altitude in October 1933, reaching the stratosphere and a height of 18,514 metres. The crew were commander Georgy Prokofiev, designer Konstantin Godunov and aeronaut Ernst Birnbaum. Photographed in Russia.
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