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Model astronaut launched into space with a helium balloon

Model astronaut launched into space with a helium balloon
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Key Info
  • Model astronaut launched into space with a helium balloon
  • Duration: 05:15
  • In tribute to Joe Kittinger's 1960 skydive from the 'edge of space', presenter Jem Stansfield sees if he can do the same with a model astronaut. The model is lifted by a helium balloon, accompanied by video cameras and recording devices. It is tracked from the ground and recovered successfully. Published as part of the Bang Goes the Theory website: bbc.co.uk/bang/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Forces - Motion

  • Keywords: parachute, terminal velocity, freefall, gravity, forces, physics, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • As an introduction to space exploration and space travel, or as a demonstration of gravity and other forces.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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