Incredible Journey of a Japanese Balloon Bomb

On February 23, 1945, three preteen boys, Larry Bailey and brothers Ken and Bob Fein, were playing in North Dorr, Michigan, near the Fein’s house. All of a sudden, a mysterious object appeared floating overhead and descend at a 45° angle. The boys knew that it was about to land close by. “We were so excited, we got a family friend Joe Wolf to come with us in his pickup truck, and we tracked it,” said Bailey.

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Balloon Museum Celebrates High-Flying Pioneers

A lot of the science and space research involving balloons also needed daring humans to fly to the edge of space, test instruments, and experience the effects of the dangerous near-space environment on human physiology. Some even lost their lives in their effort to contribute to our knowledge of space travel, astronomy, astrophysics, and human physiology at high altitudes.

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To Fly a Balloon in a Mass Ascension

In the 1970s, a small fraternity of daring balloonists used to make their Dawn Patrol ascents by launching in the pre-dawn hours. Balloon pilot Tom Gough, who then did pay rides for Fiesta founder Sid Cutter, was one of them. “Fiesta didn’t recognize us [Dawn Patrol] in those days.

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How Do We Get Information About the Weather?

Twice a day, every day of the year, weather technicians release about six-foot round weather balloons from 900 locations worldwide. An instrument called a radiosonde is attached to the balloon to measure pressure, temperature, and relative humidity as it climbs high up into the atmosphere.

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