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Lyrid Meteors: Tracking the 'Balloon Cam' (NASA, 04/22/12)

 

Small image of the "balloon cam" partially inflated before flight.

 

Credit: Science@NASA/Tony Phillips

 

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. and Dr. Tony Phillips of Science@NASA are teaming up to seek a new dimension for Lyrid viewing. Dr. Phillips and a dozen students from Union High School and Home Street Middle School in Bishop, Calif., will launch a video camera on a balloon above Earth’s surface on the night of the Lyrids peak -- hopefully to capture brilliant meteors burning up in the atmosphere from a vantage point well above the clouds.

 

Read more about the balloon cam:

www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/balloon_lyrids.html

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Uploaded on April 22, 2012