Stratosphere Balloon Flight over Calabria, Italy

March 12, 2024


Photographer: Liguori Domenico
Summary Author: Liguori Domenico  

This photo was taken from a scientific balloon at a height of nearly 21 miles (33 km) looking down at the Calabria region of southern Italy (the toe portion of the boot). Its purpose was to measure cosmic rays in the stratosphere (MoCRiS2). The payload, consisting of two special detectors, will facilitate research into variations in the flux of cosmic rays in the upper atmosphere, represented in this image as the blueish-purple patina over the Earth.

The launch took place on June 14, 2023, from the municipal stadium of Paola in Calabria. This project is a collaborative effort between several Italian institutes -- OCRA (Outreach Cosmic Ray Activities), the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), ABProject Space, Arpacal, ADA Project and the Liceo Scientifico of Cariati.

Photo Details: GoPro Hero 7 video camera was mounted on the probe.

Calabria, Italy Coordinates: 39.366667, 16.033333

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