PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

Our space plane mission's bumper photo album

Returning swiftly to the job in hand, here's John Oates attaching the main payload to the parachute:

John Oates attaching the main payload to the parachute

He then turned his attention to the balloon, with the help of Federico Buenadicha and Jose Manuel:

Federico, John and Jose Manuel attach the helium fill tube to the balloon

Securing the filling hose to the balloon proved a mite troublesome...

Fixing the helium fill nozzle

...but these boys are top professionals, and soon had it under control:

The balloon begins to fill

Note the bottle of water, tied to the balloon neck. When this 7.5kg lump began to lift off the ground, we knew we were good to go.

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