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October 16, 1954, Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, Drôme:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Châteauneuf-du-Rhône. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Châteauneuf-du-Rhone - 26 - towards 06:30 a.m. (dubious date): no investigation, balloon confusion."

Further on, they note that it had to be the Italian balloon launched on October 14, 1954 and which was photographed by the observatory of Haute-Provence, and that it was to be at the vertical of Gap at an altitude of 26.000 meters.

Explanations:

The high altitude balloon that day.

One or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:

Photo

Keywords:

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Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, Drôme, balloon

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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