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.