Medal commemorating balloon flight of Piccard and Kipfer, 1931.
3 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm

Medal commemorating balloon flight of Piccard and Kipfer, 1931.

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Medal commemorating the first free balloon stratospheric flight of Professor Auguste Piccard (1884-1962) and Dr Paul Kipfer, in the balloon FNRS, from Augsburg in Germany, on 27 May 1931. Piccard designed a spherical, pressurised aluminium gondola allowing ascent to the great altitude of 15,781 metres without requiring a pressure suit; he gathered much data on the upper atmosphere and studied cosmic rays. This was the first of 27 balloon flights. The design shows the balloon above the clouds, over a cityscape of Augsburg. Made by the Bavarian State Mint.
 

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