My banner photo

My banner photo was taken by a camera on a balloon that went as high as 100,000 feet. My son Anthony, and classmates, launched several high altitude balloons with sensors and cameras as part of a research project (Minnesota Space Grant) for engineering students at the University of Minnesota. In the manner of Icarus, the balloons would rise until the atmospheric pressure became so low that they would pop. The balloon’s payload contained a GPS transmitter, and a carload of students and advisors would follow the balloon and locate its payload once it fell to earth.