Sunday, March 21, 2010
This was a flight to at least 90,000 feet by a team located north of New York City. Normally these high altitude balloons seem to be flown in some location in the country, flying over farms and a grid of rural routes and highways. In these flights, even with the curvature and dark sky, it is sometimes hard to get a feel for the altitude. But now, being able to see all of long island (about 120 miles long), one can better appreciate what 100,000 feet means. Note that the very beginning of Long Island to the west (right side) is Brooklyn and Queens, home to more than 4.5 million people and this rocketry blog. Yet I can cover it up with a finger in this picture.