Amazing aerial photographs have been made by a high-atmosphere balloon which started its way from Ajka, reached the height of 26 532 meters and then finished its ‘discovery’ in Tihany.
Astronomical Association of Bakony has been preparing for the project for months. The result could be viewed on 20th July 2019 as the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon.
Probably, the whole world commemorated the historic moment. Astronomical Society of Bakony organised it uniquely – with the help of a high-atmosphere balloon which was let in the air at Ajka.
At 7 a.m., we arrived at Ajka sports centre where the high-atmosphere balloon was let in the air. Soon, visitors also arrived – around 100 people – who observed the event with great curiosity. The experiment was carried out by the help of a “technological package”, including cameras – especially abdominal camera, which was one of the most important; as well as other tools that measured acceleration, altitude and temperature. Besides these, the balloon was equipped with a GPS module, and mini-radio. The instrument package was compiled by András Veisz and Zoltán Kauker – described on Facebook.
Thanks to the abdominal camera, the rise of the balloon could be perfectly followed, as well as its movement away from the surface. All the settlements nearby became recognisable as it flew over the lake – Ajka, Ajkarendek, Úrkút, Tihany. The balloon reached its highest point in Somogy county with 26 532 m height. At this point, it started to loosen, then it burst, and started its fall. While rising, its internal temperature cooled down to + 3°C from +27°C. The external thermometer sensor measured the coldest temperature at -58°C at the height of 11,948 meters.
As csodalatosbalaton.hu describes, at the distance of 27 km, the Earth’s thin atmosphere became visible, along with the darkness of space behind. Wonderful pictures were taken from Lake Balaton – since then, we are so amazed that we are still under the influence of these breathtaking photographs!
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