Lancaster Launch Footage

We launched in Lancaster on Sunday 24th May from Williamson Park – a beautiful green space high up looking over the city and over towards Morecambe Bay. We had a great turn out. Lots of children who we’d worked with at Moorside Primary School brought their families along to see, as well as members from local groups we’d visited – the Round Table, the Lancaster and Morecambe astronomical society, and the Senior Learning Forum. Here’s the moment when we let go. It was a really windy day. IMG_2549 After the launch we traveled towards the Peak District, where the balloon was predicted to land. Once we got a signal we headed towards a tiny village called Hepworth, hoping that it hadn’t landed on top of a mountain. With some help from a local man who lived opposite the field, we went into a field full of sheep and hares, and it had landed safely. Here’s where we found it! IMG_2548 The footage from the camera shows that it didn’t reach quite as high as our last launch in Leeds. But it still went pretty high, and there’s some great views of everyone together in the park next to the memorial building as it starts its climb up. It also might be our bumpiest flight yet as it was such a windy day. We wonder if the wind might also have affected how high it went. It’s an experiment – not all of our flights will have the same results. We’re really pleased with how many people came to see it off, and that so many people were able to help send it to the edge of space together! If you want to keep up with A Decade With Mars one way is to join our facebook group, so you can see what we’re up to next and when we might come back to your city with another event or outcome of the project: Here’s the video footage!

And here’s a few stills from the video – it’s so bumpy and windy you can’t always see what’s going on. Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.29.49 Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.30.04 Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.30.31