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Soot Science Takes Off

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

Intrepid weather balloonists at Berkeley Lab have unintentionally achieved stratospheric heights in their quest to develop a cheap and reliable system to track layers of soot in the atmosphere. A four-foot latex balloon launched from the Lab last month soared as planned seven miles into the morning skies, into the lower reaches of the stratosphere. That was the goal of this early test flight, but the balloon seemed to have a mind of its own: It climbed another five miles, where its camera caught the dark edges of space arcing above. For the full story, go here: http://bit.ly/RTAj1A

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