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Daily balloon launches

Every day at noon, scientists from the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium launch a meteorological balloon close to the Princess Elisabeth station. Lightweight instruments that measure temperature, pressure and humidity are tied to each helium-filled balloon. Once the balloon is released, the instruments transmit data in real time until the balloon reaches an altitude of 20 or 30 kilometres, where it explodes due to the thin air pressure.

Press Officer

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