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Multimedia Gallery 2007
On June 8, 2009, at 8:05 a.m., the Sunrise telescope began its maiden research flight from Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden. For more, see this Staff Notes report >
About this 2007 gallery: In a landmark test flight, NCAR and a team of research partners successfully launched a solar telescope to an altitude of 120,000 feet, borne by a balloon larger than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The 2007 test in New Mexico cleared the way for long-duration polar balloon flights beginning in 2009.
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