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Title: Astrophysics Via Helium Balloon
URL: http://sciencematters.berkeley.edu/archives/volume2/issue15/story2.php
Date: 10/01/2005
Publication: ScienceMatters@Berkeley
Editor: David Pescovitz
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"Launching a small satellite carrying a telescope into orbit costs around $100 million," says Boggs, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. "But for about $1 million, a balloon can get you above 99 percent of the atmosphere. So balloon flights are great for testing out new instruments that may eventually go up in space."