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Nuts & Volts Magazine (March 2006)

A Martian Near Space Launch

By L. Paul Verhage    View In Digital Edition  

I’ll address three factors in this month’s column. The first is the surface winds and their effect on filling and launching a weather balloon. The second factor is how the atmospheric composition and pressure on the surface will affect the initial volume of a weather balloon. The last factor is how atmospheric pressure changes with altitude. This factor is important because it determines the maximum altitude that a weather balloon will reach before bursting.


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Near Space 2006-03 (Standard Atmosphere and Martian Air Pressure spreadsheets)