Photographer: Kostas Tamateas; Kostas’ Facebook Page
Summary Author: Kostas Tamateas
The photo above shows the remains of a high altitude balloon just after it burst at the altitude of 33, 923m above the Thessalian Plain of northern Greece. Mount Olympus is beneath the clouds at top left – to the left of the balloon is the Aegean Sea. The sky appears black because above 18 km there are too few air molecules to scatter sunlight.
This was Greece’s first suborbital photography project. The project that launched the balloon is referred to as SlaRos (Tesla,Ikaros); the mission is called Stratonauts.