Excitement is building in the Dunedin Space Programme, after
the successful launch of a high-altitude balloon from the
shores of Lake Wakatipu earlier this month.
A series of dramatic photographs taken from cameras aboard
the balloon show part of its rise from ground level, on the
Monday of Queen's Birthday weekend, before reaching its
eventual maximum height of 30km.
Kavanagh College teacher and project coordinator Amadeo
Enriquez-Ballestero was ''quite thrilled'' at the success of
the project after the balloon not only reached 30km, into
space, but was also later recovered in a paddock at Ranfurly.
The sequence of photographs continues beyond 5km in height,
but the cameras did not continue to operate at the highest
A striking horizonal view over much of Lake Wakatipu is
believed to be from a height of about 3km.
Mr Enriquez-Ballestero said the balloon had ''popped'' at
30km, and had fallen back to earth, a parachute helping to
slow the descent of the balloon and its payload, including
About 16 pupils from several Dunedin schools were involved
with the project, which had helped inspire them about the
exciting possibilities of science.