Amber and Tom sitting on the launch vehicle waiting for the OK to go. Hanging
below the QMAP gondola is the NSBF SIP (Support Instrumentation Package),
ballast, and crush pads (brown feet) which are designed to cushion the
Mark standing in front of the launch vehicle's really big tire
Mark finally let me drive his bike...
He even let me drive him around (or at least pose for the picture)
Amber getting lowered into the telescope in the high bay for last
The balloon begins to take shape.
The balloon - almost fully inflated.
... and we're away! What looks like a very small amount of helium at
ground level expands to fill the balloon at the float altitude of 100,000