PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

Our space plane mission's bumper photo album

Then, we very carefully began to let the balloon rise while holding the main payload...

Letting the balloon out while holding the main payload

...until the whole show was ready to roll:

The balloon at the point of release

And here it is rolling, caught on camera by Federico...

The balloon and payload just after lift-off the very moment the main payload video camera caught him in a ground-to-air-to-ground surveillance feedback loop:

Federico caught on the main payload video camera

Sponsored: Analyzing the economic value of IBM FlashSystem