Purpose of the flight and payload description

Coronagraph wich creates artificial eclipses of the sun to study the corona.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 6/3/1965 at 5:42 cst
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US  
Balloon launched by: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Schjeldahl - 3.180.000 cuft (GT-11)
Flight identification number: 130P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 6/3/1965
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 10 h 30 m
Landing site: 14 Miles N of Sweetwater, Texas, US
Payload weight: 1705 lbs

External references

Images of the mission

The balloon carriying the instrument at 7000 ft over Palestine, Texas (Image: UCAR / Dean Conger (National Geographic Magazine) The landing site near Sweetwater. Dragged across the contoured filed by the parachute it plowed a bold furrow (Image: UCAR / Dean Conger (National Geographic Magazine)      

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