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1st balloon flight into the stratosphere...

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May 28, 1931

THE OMAHA BEE-NEWS, Nebraska, May 28, 1931

* 1st ballooning flight into the stratosphere
* Auguste Piccard & Paul Kipfer

The top of the front page above the masthead is a nice seven column headline: "BALLOONISTS UP 9 MILES LAND IN ALPS" with subhead. (see) Coverage on the the very 1st balloon flight to reach the stratosphere. Nice for display.
Twenty-four pages, light toning with some chipping at the margins, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

wikipedia notes: In 1930, an interest in ballooning, and a curiosity about the upper atmosphere led him to design a spherical, pressurized aluminum gondola that would allow ascent to great altitude without requiring a pressure suit. Supported by the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) Piccard constructed his gondola.

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,785 m (51,775 ft). During this flight, Piccard was able to gather substantial data on the upper atmosphere, as well as measure cosmic rays.

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