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Curvature of the Earth

Amazing new images of the curvature of the Earth

Curvature of the Earth

Students from the University of Leicester have succesfully created and launched an unmanned weather balloon above the clouds and into the stratosphere. Ascending 23.6km into the air (nearly twice the height of a cruising Boeing 747), it endured temperatures of -56 degrees Celcius. Impressive, certainly, but why was the project undertaken?

As well as the photo and video equipment that took the stunning images, onboard the balloon was some state of the art tech. Electornic control systems were included that succesfully navigated and controlled the balloon as it returned to Earth in perfect condition. The venture acted as a test for future flights that will measure pollution levels in the atmosphere. If climate change and rising pollution levels are to be battled effectively, its small yet significant projects like this that will pave the way.




  • Yup 93,000,000 mile sun. Sure it is.

  • Johnny Conger

    Nice curve created with the fish eye lens…you can double that curve if earth was a ball….LOL…

  • Micah Sewell

    It must look really flat without that fish eye lens

  • Follow the Sun

    Fake bullshit.

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  • Curtis Howard
  • truthfrequency

    Is this article a joke or does the author really not know how cameras work? You can’t see curvature from 23 km. According to Neil Degrass Tyson, you have to be at least 250,000 miles away from earth to detect even a 5% curve.

    • jgbreezer

      You mean 250,000 metres maybe.. 250,000 miles is about as far away as the moon is, and I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of Earth as a small globe from the moon (we’re only 13000km diameter or so).

      • truthfrequency

        250 miles. Thanks for the correction ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zongongo

    I see the curvature of the rope too, oops