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# 1 Travel into space...
03-31-2010, 04:17 AM
..with a balloon.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle7074839.ece

Because I thought it was relevant.

Also, link to pics of the setup:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3072150...7621244472915/
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# 2
03-31-2010, 05:12 AM
That is cool as hell. I wouldn't have thought there'd be enough atmospheric pressure that high for a helium balloon to function.

Edit: Nevermind, just read about how he used a helium weather balloon, which is designed for those altitudes.

Still cool as hell.
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# 3
03-31-2010, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintHazard View Post
That is cool as hell. I wouldn't have thought there'd be enough atmospheric pressure that high for a helium balloon to function.

Edit: Nevermind, just read about how he used a helium weather balloon, which is designed for those altitudes.

Still cool as hell.
Fun fact is, that balloon could go even higher still. It just bursts from the pressure.

On the ground, its diameter is 1 meter, up there, it's 20 meters before it bursts.
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# 4
03-31-2010, 07:53 AM
VERY cool!

Also, I think it is important not to dimsiss the importance of the duct tape to this achievement.
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# 5
03-31-2010, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by antagonist99 View Post
Fun fact is, that balloon could go even higher still. It just bursts from the pressure.

On the ground, its diameter is 1 meter, up there, it's 20 meters before it bursts.
Hence the "weather balloon" edit. Weather balloons are designed to handle low pressure. :p
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