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GC03:

Balloon Data and Planetary Temperature Profiles
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 2:00 PM -2:10 PM
  Author: Gordon McIntosh, University of Minnesota, Morris
(320) 589-6342, mcintogc@morris.umn.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Atmospheric temperature measurements during a balloon flight provide a basis for the comparison of temperatures and the variation of temperatures with altitude in the atmospheres of solar system bodies. The altitudes and temperatures are measured and transmitted to Earth thorough the StratoSAT system. Data from a launch on the morning of Saturday, 6 November 2010, will be presented and compared to temperature profiles from Mars, Venus, and Titan. The data indicate the effects of the Earth's surface, the lapse rate in the troposphere, the altitude of the tropopause, and the increasing temperature of the stratosphere. These data and comparisons form the basis for an astronomy, meteorology, or Earth science laboratory activity.
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