National Geographic : 1936 Jan
Photograph from Publishers' Photo Service OFF FOR THE STRATOSPHERE WITH A FULL CARGO Viewed from the ground 60 feet below, the gondola seems cluttered with a maze of dangling equipment. The pear-shaped bags are sacks of lead ballast electrically releasable (see page 70). The square boxes enclosed heavy batteries, some of which later were released on parachutes. Two circular bumpers are shown, one inflated, the other, beneath, wrinkled and empty. The black object in the center of the picture is the coiled dragrope. Photograph by Richard H. Stewart THE FLYERS HAD AMPLE ROOM IN THEIR FLOATING LABORATORY The earliest stratosphere flights were made inthecramped quarters of globes seven feet across.The Explorer IIcarried agondola nine feet in diameter. Captain Anderson (left), and Captain Stevens are shown during a test or "dress rehearsal." Captain Stevens istesting the radio instruments which kept the flyers incontact with the earth. The large metal flask on the left contains a mixture ofliquid oxygen and nitrogen.