National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © Major H. Lee Wells, Jr. STREAMS OF LEAD DUST POUR FROM "EXPLORER II," SAVING IT FROM A CRASH The balloon had risen more than a hundred feet above the wooded edge of the Stratobowl, when a strong down current of air caused it to drop suddenly toward the spectators on the eastern rim. When this photograph was made, immediately after the take-off, Captain Anderson had just released electrically ten 75-pound sacks of fine lead shot ballast, which fell in thin streams. The fall of the balloon was checked and it again started to rise (see page 77).